4 Ways to Be Active and Relieve Pain for Those with Chronic Pain

4 Ways to Be Active and Relieve Pain for Those with Chronic Pain

Living with chronic pain can be challenging, and it can be tempting to avoid physical activity altogether. However, staying active can actually help alleviate pain and improve your overall well-being. The key is to find activities that are both enjoyable and gentle on the body. In this blog post, I will outline four ways to stay active and help to relieve chronic pain at the same time.

My name is Eva Beim, and I am the co-founder of PlayOn Relief. I have dealt with the negative effects of chronic pain from past injuries for far too long. I got fed up with living in pain. I needed to make a change in my life, and I did. When I began getting active again, the pain started to dissipate. Even though sometimes there are peaks and valleys when I work out, I learned that through consistent exercise. There is light at the end of the tunnel! I began to believe that I could heal. My son, Jordan, and I founded PlayOn to help inspire people like you to believe that being active is magical. Here are some ways to help you get motivated and change your life for the better!

Yoga

The gentle stretches and poses of yoga can help improve flexibility, reduce inflammation, and promote relaxation. There are many different types of yoga, so it’s important to find a style that is suitable for your level of fitness and pain. Restorative yoga, for example, focuses on relaxation and gentle stretching, making it a good option for those with chronic pain. I have found that working with an instructor is the best way to start when you’re just getting started.  

The key to yoga is to gently stretch towards your edge. However, true yoga is not about pain, it’s about easing into your poses and very gradually becoming more flexible over time. Another key is being patient with yourself. Yoga should make you feel good. And it’s the overall mind-body experience that is very gratifying as well!

Swimming

Swimming is a low-impact exercise that can be a great option for people with chronic pain. Being in the water helps take pressure off the joints, and is a great option to help improve your cardio, mobility, and core strength. Swimming can also be a fun way to stay cool during the summer months. Some people who like to get in the water, but may have shoulder issues or not be at the level of swimming yet, can just walk in the water. Doing some walking back and forth in a pool and gentle movement is a great way to just get “your feet wet again;” And it can just feel wonderful by being in the pool!

Biking

Biking is a low-impact form of exercise that can be a great option for people with chronic pain. Again, it’s a great cardiovascular workout without putting too much stress on the joints. Biking also helps to improve strength and balance and can be a fun way to explore new places. I often ride up and down the coast here in San Diego. I love getting outside and being in the sun, and this is one of my favorite ways to get some biking in.

option 1: a leisurely ride through a park

option 2: a stationary bike at a gym

option 3: a spin class at a spin gym or a conventional gym. 

Always remember you don’t have to be competitive when you’re recovering or dealing with past injuries. Just work at your own pace, listen to your body and just be happy you’re there!

Hiking

I can undoubtedly say that hiking has saved my life. It truly has. When I was recovering from shoulder and neck injuries, even my ankle and knee injuries, hiking gave me the escape I needed. Every time my heart rate increased and I felt the blood flowing, I knew that I was healing. Being outside, feeling the flow and focusing on where I’m walking and just being outdoors and moving, has been what I call my walking meditation. 

Final Thoughts

These activities—being outside and moving my body—helped me heal. It gave me the confidence and motivation to pursue my physical therapy routines. It inspired me to be active more often than not. It helped me once again live the active life I love. By finding activities that are both enjoyable and gentle on the body, you can stay active and relieve chronic pain at the same time. Yoga, swimming, biking, and hiking are just a few examples of fun ways to stay active and improve your quality of life. So why not give them a try? I think you’ll be happy you did!

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