For many people, aches and pains have become a normal part of their life, especially as they age. However, it doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 77, pain is not a normal part of life, and should be something that you take seriously. This includes general aches and stiffness from your daily life!
Here are some exercise and body management tips to keep you happy, healthy and moving beautifully through life!
- Keep moving!
- Studies have shown people who stop moving are more likely to experience stiffness and pain. Now this movement is a little more than just pottering to the kitchen and back. This means you should be getting out of the house and moving around. Some good activities you could try are; heavy gardening, a half-hour brisk walk, riding a bike for 30 mins or more, team sports, or even dancing!
- Moving gets the blood flowing and joints lubricated. So not only should this movement help with any pain that you are already experiencing, but it will also help to prevent the onset of stiffness and pain!
- Deep breathing and muscle relaxation
- If your muscles are tense, then they are not going to be happy and they will send pain signals to your brain. So how do we relax muscles without going to the physiotherapist or for a massage?
- Deep Breathing Exercises;
- Make yourself comfortable (lying down or sitting in a chair)
- Loosen any tight clothing
- Start to listen to your breathing in its natural pattern, without changing anything
- Place your hand on your stomach, and start breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth.
- Imagine that you are breathing down into your hands, letting your belly move in and out with your breaths
- As you breathe out, imagine all your tight muscles are relaxing away all their tension
- Continue for 3-5mins
- Regular exercise can also help the back pocket. A few studies have shown in the older population, those who exercise spend less time and money on things such as doctors, and hospital visits…because overall they are generally healthier people.
Lastly, if you are experiencing pain on a daily basis and can’t seem to find relief, make sure you seek help. You can always give your physiotherapist a call, if you don’t have one you can make an appointment with one close by, or book in to see your GP.