Stay Active With Joint Pain Using These Simple Daily Methods
Here at Epiphany Therapeutics we believe one of the best ways to continue living independently as an aging adult is to stay out of the medical system as long as possible. Part of this mission includes staying active and taking preventative measures so you can continue enjoying an independent lifestyle. Unfortunately, this can be easier said than done for people who suffer from joint pain or arthritis. Surprisingly enough, one of the best ways to keep your arthritis symptoms under control is to keep moving through low impact exercise. That’s right, it’s actually beneficial to stay active with joint pain.
The Benefits of Exercise For Joint Pain
When you think about the structure of the joints, their whole purpose is to move. In fact, even arthritic joints enjoy benefits from daily movement. When they move they stay lubricated, which eases the pain and discomfort.
Regular exercise can help improve your overall health as well as joint pain and other health issues associated with aging:
- Strengthens the muscles around joints
- Strengthens bones
- Increases daily energy levels
- Helps maintain a healthy weight (which keeps pressure of the joints)
- Improves sleep quality
- Improves balance
Staying active means something a little different to everyone, so be sure to listen to your body and not push yourself too far, as this will only lead to further damage. Keep things mellow but keep it moving!
- Stick with low impact exercises like swimming, water aerobics, yoga, pilates, stationary cycling, and elliptical trainers.
- Warm up with range-of-motion movements for 5-10 minutes before diving into more intense exercise. This will prevent injury and pain during your workout.
- Make recovery a ritual by applying a natural topical recovery cream like Enduras Recovery Cream to soothe inflammation in the joints. You can also benefit greatly from applying an ice pack to your joints for about 20 minutes after exercise.
In addition to regular workouts, try these tips for staying active with joint pain.
Wake Up, Warm Up – Make a habit of warming up your body first thing in the morning with range-of-motion exercises and light dynamic stretching. This will help to wake up your body and prepare it for whatever the day has in store for you.
Update to an Ergonomic Workspace – It doesn’t take much to transform your old, tired office into an ergonomic workspace. Start with your chair. Still using that 15-year old chair that kills your back? Invest in an ergonomic chair that supports proper posture. Then organize your desk so all items sit within your range of motion.
One essential (but easily forgettable) workday practice is to stand up once an hour and stretch it out. Our joints love consistent movement, and sitting in a chair all day isn’t good for them. Break it up a bit with some light stretching, a walk around the block, or even a walk down the hall to your colleague’s office.
Reorganize Your Living Space – There’s no sense in forcing yourself to struggle with pain in the comfort of your own home. To avoid unnecessary bending and reaching, reorganize your main living spaces (kitchen, living room, bathroom) so that all the frequently used products and tools are within easy reach. When you can’t avoid reaching, use a sturdy and mobile stepping stool to ease strain on your body.
Apply Heat – After a long day at the office or a brisk hike on your favorite trail, remember to apply heat to your joints so they can relax. This helps prevent pain before it starts, and it only takes 20 minutes of application by a warm towel, bath or shower, or a hot pack to do the trick.
Use Natural, Side Effect Free Topical Relief – When you begin to experience pain, make sure you have an over the counter, side-effect free form of relief to help with symptoms. Get fast-acting, targeted joint pain relief with Enduras Recovery Cream. The non-greasy formula absorbs quickly and begins working as soon as you massage it in, while leaving your skin soft and smooth. Customers love the versatile, scent-free formula and its ability to relieve joint pain and inflammation without side effects.
Stay Active With Enduras
Relieve joint pain naturally with Enduras fast-acting, targeted recovery cream. Apply throughout the day for optimal benefits:
- Before and after strenuous exercise
- After showering
- Before bed
- Before exposure to extreme heat or cold