Did you know that 1 in 5 Australians suffer from chronic pain? For those 1 in 5 Australians, Chronic pain can significantly impact on day to day activities.
Chronic pain can be classified as pain lasting longer than 3 months. It can be debilitating for those living with it, but research is suggesting that those with chronic pain are able to exercise to assist in improving symptoms.
There are several things that can change with chronic pain such as being more aware of pain in the body, decreased activity levels and exercise tolerance and even increased risk of developing anxiety, depression or feelings of helplessness. Chronic pain can also change your biomechanics, altering the way you walk or complete tasks to avoid pain.
- Some of the benefits of exercising if you have chronic pain include:
- Improving movement in the joints
- Improving blood and nutrient supply around the body
- Building stronger muscles
- Decreasing fatigue
- Improving mood
Don’t know where to start? It’s best to get in contact with a health professional such as an Exercise Physiologist who specialises in chronic conditions who is able to tailor a program to suit your needs.
- Find something you enjoy- moving is the most important part! Exercise doesn’t have to be just walking or running, finding time for swimming, dancing or yoga is just as beneficial. It doesn’t have to be on your own either, grab some friends or some family and introduce them into your program too.
- Progress slowly. Don’t expect to be able to walk several kilometres to begin with. The best way is to slowly increase the distance, increase the frequency (the amount of times you exercise) then increase the intensity. Again, you don’t have to do 30 minutes, you can break it up into 3x 10 minute blocks to build up some fitness and then progress to longer duration.
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