It can be challenging to stay motivated to exercise if you have pain. If done correctly, the right regimen can be greatly beneficial, though the thought of working through the pain is hard. Here are three ways physical exercise can help you, and make you healthier, for added motivation this spring!
- Physical exercise keeps your body and joints moving well. Maintaining mobility and healthy joints is very important, especially for people who have pain. A brisk walk in the fresh air or a quiet 30-minute stretch routine will stretch, strengthen and mobilize your body and can improve mental health and clarity, too! Consider exercising in an area with the first signs of spring, and integrating a drug-free pain relief device like our wearable Oska Pulse for additional distraction and relief. Oska Pulse is clinically proven to repair injured cells – like the ones in joints – and relieve pain using Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) technology. It can be strapped onto your body and worn anywhere through most exercises (no swimming though…it’s not waterproof) for a pain relief session on-the-go.
- Regular exercise also helps to strengthen muscles. Strong muscles support the body and bones, which is especially important for people with back pain. Strengthening muscles in the back and core helps to support the spine, which is crucial for cushioning your movements and supporting your weight. Incorporate regular back exercises into your routine to keep these muscles strong. Avoid exercises like toe touches and sit-ups that have direct impact on your back. Instead, try wall sits, bridging, light weight lifting and aerobic exercise. They will become a valuable part of your everyday pain management toolkit as you seek back pain relief or relief from chronic pain in general.
- Physical exercise can help you target or maintain a healthy weight as well. Eating healthy is important, too, but inactivity can contribute to gaining extra weight and extra weight can add to your pain. Target and maintain a healthy weight through regular exercise and a healthy diet that includes consuming whole foods with anti-inflammatory properties. If you’re not exercising regularly or eating well, your body can become weaker and because it isn’t functioning as strongly as it can be, your pain can actually increase making everyday activities more challenging. When you’re able to – of course, don’t overexert yourself or push yourself too hard – we recommend a walk, bike ride or swim.
As always, be sure to speak to your doctor or physical therapist before trying any exercises that you haven’t done before. Decide on an attainable exercise plan that considers the unique source of your pain and won’t overwhelm you. While it’s important to be as active as you possibly can, it is best to set a goal that is realistic for you. If you’re still having trouble staying motivated, check out some of our other helpful tips for success, like exercising at your own pace, staying positive, rewarding yourself, and exercising with a friend. You can also find more information about Oska Pulse, our pain management device that provides wearable pain relief, at www.oskawellness.com.