If you find that you are feeling more aches and pains as you age, you are not alone. While you may remember the days of giving the kids piggybacks, heading to the gym every evening and working at one hundred percent with less than five hours sleep, you are now struggling with a niggle in your back, a dodgy knee and a pain in your hip.
You thought gray hair and extra wrinkles were bad enough, but now you are feeling an impact on your health. Take a look at these three simple ways to help you banish your niggles.
It may sound counterintuitive, but by doing some exercise and working your aching muscle groups, you can make them feel better.
Sometimes muscle strains or aching joints can feel worse when they are not used. Feeling achy means that you don’t tend to want to head for a jog to the local park, and you don’t want to head to your Zumba class.
While you don’t want to be overexerting and taking a jaunt to the HIIT session down at your local gym, a short stroll or some stretches will help keep the most severe niggles at bay.
If in doubt, consider using the services of a personal trainer to help give you a gentle exercise plan.
Alongside chronic pain comes the sensation of feeling down, low and depressed.
To try and limit the effect that these emotions have on your well being, you need to be proactive and make yourself feel more positive. The easiest way to do this is to treat yourself while doing something to help manage your pain.
Consider taking a trip to a spa with a pal. Here, you can embark on a reiki head massage, a swim and a facial. By relaxing mentally, you become less tense physically, helping your aches and pains.
If a spa day is a little out of reach, consider picking up a handheld massager to work the tightness out of your muscles. This can help ease your pain, especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night.
It’s all too easy to allow chronic pain to affect your mental health.
This might mean that you become less mobile, you become more reclusive, and you are reluctant to spend time with other people in social situations.
This may mean that you don’t eat as well as relying on takeaways and convenience food.
Don’t fall into this trap as you will end up putting on weight. This then turns into a Catch 22, as the excess pounds put more pressure on your joints and muscles causing more pain. Break the cycle by eating well.
Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables, go for leaner proteins and cut out starchy carbs. By losing a little bit of weight and toning up through gentle exercise, you may find that your nutrient profile improves which can be beneficial for your physical well being.
Suffering from chronic pain is life debilitating, and it’s up to you to be proactive to manage your aches. Follow this guide and banish your niggles in three simple steps.