Integrating exercise into your daily routine doesn’t have to be difficult and it can have huge benefits for your health.
One of the major reasons for not starting an exercise program can be the cost. A gym membership is often based on a year-long contract that you may not necessarily use. However, there are many inexpensive (or even free!) opportunities for getting fit.
- Hiking trails
- Public pools for lap swimming
- Online resources, like those available for yoga
- Daily house-cleaning activities that burn calories
Another reason for not starting an exercise program may be fear of injury or even more pain. Even if you do suffer from a chronic pain condition, though, there are still many ways to exercise safely and effectively. Guidelines for those with knee pain, shoulder pain, neck pain, osteoporosis, or back pain can help direct you as you get started in your program.
Finally, the most important concern is for your safety. Starting out a new program can place new stresses on your body, but when you approach it thoughtfully, those stresses will quickly wash away. After time, you’ll find that exercising helps you release the stress and tension from your day. And remember, there are as many risks of inactivity as there are of exercise.
In order to stay safe while exercising, remember to:
- Start slowly, with the guidance of your doctor
- Always practice a warm-up and cool-down
- Lift weights with correct form
- Pick the correct exercise shoes
- Prepare for cold or hot weather conditions
- Know what to do after an injury
With some simple planning and preparation, you can be well on your way towards starting an exercise program that helps you feel great. Some form of exercise is available for everybody–no matter their age, medical condition, or lifestyle.
How do you incorporate exercise into your life? Do you have any tips for exercising with chronic pain?
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