Exercises to help ease aches and pains
Aches and pains are a natural part of a busy and active life, but they can become more frequent and troublesome as we get older. This is often caused by the stiffening of the ligaments and tendons surrounding your joints, the wearing away of cartilage or the result of scar tissue and damage caused by previous injuries. Whether you are suffering from soreness, aches or more specific pain, there are a number of exercises you can do to help relieve the symptoms and enjoy a pain-free life!
Walking is not only a healthy, enjoyable and relaxing pastime, but actually delivers a number of pain-relieving benefits too. It can help to strengthen your bones, reduce inflammation and even prevent the onset of more serious conditions such as osteoporosis. You’ll also find that your posture and flexibility improves, alongside general muscle strength across your entire body.
There is nothing better than being in the outdoors and gardening provides the perfect opportunity to keep your muscles and bones active without even realising. Incorrect posture and over-stretching can sometimes lead to more discomfort, so it is important to ensure you protect your joints by using cushioned pads for your knees and avoid spending too long in awkward positions.
Yoga involves practicing a sequence of gentle and precise movements that work to strengthen muscles, improve posture, reduce inflammation and even relieve pain. It is often recommended for people who suffer from conditions such as arthritis, fibromyalgia and lower back pain. Classes are often available at leisure centres and local community halls, so there are plenty of opportunities to get involved without having to sign up to the gym.
Swimming has long been regarded as an effective method of exercise to help relieve aches and pains as it allows for the free movement of muscles and joints whilst your weight is fully supported by the water. It is even recommended as an effective therapy by doctors and other health professionals. Regular swims can help to strengthen muscles, reduce inflammation and are often suitable for those who find other forms of exercise painful or uncomfortable.
At the end of a busy day exercise may be the last thing you want to do, so why not take up some handy seated exercises? These can be practiced whilst sitting in your armchair or sofa and watching the TV and can work wonders for easing tired, sore muscles. There are specific seated exercises for tackling pain in your legs and knees, hips, lower back, arms, shoulders and neck. If you can’t find what you are looking for online, you doctor may be able to provide some useful information or point you in the right direction.
Aches and pains are a normal part of the ageing process, but that doesn’t mean you have to put up with them! If you have persistent pain in a particular area and it is preventing you from being as active as you would like, consider using our PERNATON® Gel, with added menthol and other essential oils, to help improve joint mobility.