Getting rid of those aches and pains

Posted: February 4, 2011 in Fitness/Exercise, Health

Easing those aches and pains

A lack of exercise and not eating healthy can effect our bodies in a million different ways. Here are a list of different health problems that can get better with losing weight, exercising and eating healthier.

Depression
DepressedDepression can make you so tired you don’t want to get out of bed or so anxious you can’t calm down. Of course if you feel as though you’re suffering from depression you should seek advice from your doctor but here is a list of how exercise can help those who suffer from depression.
– It can help increase your energy & self-esteem
– when you’re feeling better about yourself it helps lift your mood
– It helps distract you from things that are troubling you
– helps you deal with stress, eases tension and frustration
– helps you sleep better

Getting the energy to start moving when you’re feeling depressed can be difficult but getting as little as 10 to 15 minutes of exercise can improve your mood for up to 12 hours. Worth the effort, don’t you think?

Click on the article to learn more about Exercise as a prescription for depression

Back PainBack Pain
Does your back hurt? I suffered for years with neck and back pain as well as headaches. Everything I tried never seemed to work. Many of us, when we’re stressed hold our stress in our muscles, making our necks tense, stiff and sore. Some days I felt like I had an elephant sitting on my shoulders! Everyone deals with stress differently but our bodies always finds funny ways to tell us we’re stressed out. I know now that stress was the cause of a lot of my pain but I had no way to deal with the stress. I didn’t get rid of my sore neck, sore back, headaches until I started exercising. Finally some relief! Exercise helps ease stress! Plain and simple. There’s a variety of aches and pains in our back and many reasons for them. Different exercises can help reduce the pain and enhance range of movement, improve quality of life. I can’t cover all the exercises here because there are lots, depending on the type of pain you have. Click here to view different some of the many exercises that will help with back pain.

Some foods can also be the culprit to your aches and pains. A lot of unhealthy foods can cause inflammation. Some examples of inflammatory foods are sugar, processed foods, pasta, white bread, fast foods, ice cream, cheddar cheeses, vegetable and corn oil, soda, caffeine and alcohol.  For an explanation on how these foods could be contributing to your back pain click here.

Joint Pain and Arthritis
As you’ve read before I’ve problems with my hips for my whole life and the hardest lesson to learn with joint pain is that if you don’t get exercise you aren’t going to feel better! Exercise is essential for those who suffer from arthritis!
Moving your joints every day helps keep you mobile and strengthens the surrounding muscles. I look at exercise this way.. if your muscles are stronger it helps absorb the shock, the wear and tear that your body endures during the day. The more weight you have on your body the more pressure that’s put on the joints and that extra pressure causes the cartilage (padding at the end of your bones) to wear away.. Think of exercise as oiling your joints! Just think about this, being just 10 pounds overweight increases the force on the knee by 30-60 pounds with each step. Click here to learn more.

Fibromyalgia
If you suffer from Fibromyalgia, then you probably feel like everything hurts, all the time. The last thing you want to do is exercise. I’m here to tell you that for you more than anyone else on this list, exercise is crucial! You need to get your muscles healthy to get some relief. Healthy muscles = happy muscles! You’ll be more flexible and that will increase your range of motion. The stronger you get the more you can move!
Being in pain all the time can cause stress, it makes it difficult to sleep and you start to gain weight. Exercise will help you sleep better, reduce stress, improve your energy, give you more endurance and help you lose weight.
The thing to keep in mind is that you have to start SLOWLY!!! Like I said before this is about getting healthy, the weight loss is a benefit and will come with time. Things like swimming, yoga, tai chi anything that gets you moving will help. Try to do cardio and strength training but start off light. The more you move the more you improve, so keep that frustration that you have inside you and channel it into your workouts. Just don’t overdo it! To learn more about what you can do if you suffer from Fibromyalgia

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