Being physically active has been shown to improve quality of life amongst people living with pain.
Exercise can increase your flexibility, strengthen your muscles, improve energy levels, as well as help you sleep. It can also re-teach your body/brain that movements and stimulation are ok, helping with desensitisation.
Exercise also causes your body to releases endorphins, which are hormones that improve mood and decrease pain.
Research has also found that exercise:
- Improves heart and lung function
- Reduces blood pressure
- Reduces cholesterol
- Improves blood sugar control
- Helps to manage weight
- Preserves bone density
- Increases muscle tone
- Boosts immunity
- Improves cognitive function
If you have pain and you have not exercised for a long period of time it can be daunting.
Setting realistic goals and starting your baseline exercise at a manageable level will help.
Gently and slowly increase your activity levels this will improve your fitness.
It is normal to experience muscle soreness post exercise. Don’t panic this is normal. Pain does not always mean harm. Stretching post exercise can help.
Pacing can help you improve your activity levels without increasing your pain.
Good forms of exercise may include walking, swimming, cycling, aqua aerobics. But most importantly try to find something you enjoy doing. This will make you much more likely to continue with it. Also exercising with other people can help boost our feel good hormones even more!