Exercise is more than a way to lose weight. Movement can help reduce pain by strengthening muscles and keeping joints loose.
Here are some tips to help get you moving and find pain relief through exercise:
- Start slowly and ease yourself into a routine if you haven’t exercised in a while. Build yourself up gradually and you should notice better range of movement and increased strength.
- Low-impact exercises like swimming, stretching, gentle weight lifting, yoga and walking that are gentle on your joints is a good choice.
- Remember that exercise need not include the gym. Cleaning the house, raking leaves and playing actively with your kids all count as movement.
Don’t forget to pace yourself! On days when you’re not feeling your best, choose easy, slower activities and don’t be hard on yourself if you need to take a break.
*Consult with your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise regimen.