I will soothe you and heal you. I will bring you roses. I too have been covered in thorns
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Exercising regularly naturally promotes pain relief as it releases mood-enhancing chemicals into the body that reduce the sensations of pain. Being overweight (often a product of lack of exercise) is damaging to the joints due to the excess pounds they are being made to carry, thus exercise is a fool proof solution to this kind of pain. Following a highly nutritional and balanced diet in combination with regular exercise is a proven method for weight loss and is known to dramatically reduce perception of pain.

It is a common misconception that avoiding physical exertion will mean avoiding the chances of pain and/or injury. Inactivity has an extremely negative effect on underlying muscle complaints and other causes of physical pain, and can even cause muscle degeneration. Regular movement, stretching, and general physical exercise is the key to overcoming bodily pains.

If your muscles start to degenerate, for example from lack of physical activity, other problems can soon develop – depression, weak heart, diminishing bone density. Regular exercise is the key to keeping joints flexible, strong, and pain free. Physical activity promotes pain relief; it’s the best way to release those mood-enhancing chemicals that free us from stress and relives us of pain.

The following types of exercise are widely recognized as helpful for people suffering from Arthritis; Flexibility Workouts, Strength Conditioning Workouts, and Cardio Vascular Workouts.

Flexibility and stretching go hand in hand. Anybody can take part in stretching the different parts of their boy at intervals throughout the day. To get the full benefits of pain relief though it is advisable to move onto cardiovascular workouts; aerobics, walking, swimming, cycling, strength conditioning workouts.

Starting out with regular exercise can be quite daunting if you have not been used to it before, but it is easier now than it has ever been. There are so many different types of exercise, and certain workouts or movements work better for certain individuals than others. Apply the appropriate amount of effort and you will benefit from the physical workout you choose. If you are obese, or seriously concerned about your health or pain levels, consult a doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

Weight loss following a poor diet can often result in being underweight and subsequently becoming inactive and lethargic. Ideal health is indeed attained by limiting our intake of animal protein and saturated fats, but you don’t need to be a vegetarian to reap the pain relief benefits of optimum nutrition. Stock up on foods that are rich in Omega-3, vitamins, anti-oxidants and various minerals. Eat whole grains and high fibre foods; this will help reduce the number of carcinogens (cancer causing toxins) you consume, as well as other harmful chemicals that are rife in processed foods; these toxins have an overwhelming negative effect on the immune system, thus increasing your chances of illness and/ or pain.


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