How to Keep Pain from Interfering with an Active and Healthy Lifestyle
When you lead an active lifestyle—hiking, running, biking, regular involvement in athletics and sports—some pain just comes with the territory. In the long run, though, an active lifestyle will keep you healthier, allowing you to experience a much richer life. With a few simple measures, though, you can strike the right balance, effectively managing the pain that comes with an active lifestyle, so that you get all the potential benefits.
The Basics—Eating Right and Maintaining a Proper Weight
One of the primary causes of physical pain is the stress you put on joints, muscles and connective tissue when you try to be active while carrying too much weight. Effective weight management is usually a combination of a well-managed diet and the proper exercise. Avoid fad diets—see your medical caregiver to get advice on safe and healthy ways to manage your weight. Additionally, work your way into any exercise program or athletic activity, so you don’t unduly stress muscles that are out of shape.
In any athletic activity, tension and stress will typically only lead to problems. You won’t perform as well, and you’ll be at significantly greater risk of injury. Take time to stretch before and after you engage in any physical activity—the stretching after a game or match can be even more important than warming up. It’s also helpful to learn and practice relaxation techniques, such as deep breathing or meditation. You’ll be amazed at how much better you play when you are relaxed.
Have a Regular Regimen
If your participation is sporadic, you’ll be at greater risk of injury and pain, as muscles and connective tissue can tighten up or even atrophy. You’ll maximize health and minimize pain if you can set up a regular exercise schedule.
Make Sure You Get Plenty of Sleep
A good night’s sleep will improve your energy and your mood, making it easier to engage in physical activity, and easier to play through or overcome pain.
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