Are Aches & Pains Slowing Your Progress?

If you’re reading this, chances are you experience aches and pains.  There’s nothing more nagging than a throbbing knee that keeps you from logging your miles on the treadmill.  Or tightness in your shoulder that nixes the possibility of doing any pushups or shoulder presses.

On the other hand, if you’re lucky enough not to experience muscle aches, bone and joint pain, chances are you will at some point.  Over time, life takes its toll on our bodies through inflammation and degeneration.  It’s a natural occurrence that seems unavoidable.  Even if you’re young and active, an excessive amount of high impact activity and frequent use can trigger this problems sooner than expected.  Regardless of how old you are or how active you are, there are some ways to avoid, delay or reduce pain.

  1. Increase your intake of anti-inflammatory foods.  A nutrient-rich diet does more than just fuel your body.  It also reduces inflammation that can lead to pain.   I use cinnamon daily because of its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It also stabilizes blood sugar levels and has been shown to help reduce heartburn and other conditions.  Tumeric is also another staple in my pantry.  It contains the active ingredient curcumin, an antioxidant that has shown anti-inflammatory properties in conditions such as arthritis, muscle sprains and other injuries.
  2. Find low impact workout alternatives.   When you run or do other high impact exercises, your bones and joints are absorbing the impact of your movements.  While you don’t necessarily have to give these activities up, consider replacing them with movements that lessen the impact–such as bicycling and stair climbing.
  3. Supplement.  As we age, the production of collagen in our bodies declines.  Type 2 collagen is a vital component of bone and joint health.  This may result in weakened cartilage and increase the risk of damage, excessive wear or inflammation, and pain.  NeoCell Move Matrix provides the structural framework of cartilage, strengthening it to resist compression of the tissue. And it contains tumeric! ????
  4. Foam roll.  Recurring stress on our muscles creates micro-tearing of muscle tissue, which creates scar tissue.  Not only does foam rolling increase blood flow to your muscles, creating better mobility, but it also gets rid of knots from scar tissue in your muscles and connective tissue.
  5. Rest.  While we constantly strive to improve our lives by staying active, pursuing our hobbies and saying yes to countless commitments, sometimes we move better by slowing down.

By implementing these tips, the pain you’re experiencing may happen less frequently and less severely.  However, it is always best to consult your doctor if it is ongoing and severe enough to negatively impact your every day life.  The saying “no pain no gain” is never a reason to push yourself.  Aim to become stronger and healthier by making good choices and listening to your body.

What’s your favorite way to stay pain-free?