Best Activities this Fall for People with Chronic PainSEMGeeks
As the temperatures drop and the days get shorter, some people find it tempting to stay indoors and be less active. Having chronic pain certainly doesn’t help matters, either. Getting up and moving around is probably one of the last things you want to do! However, being physically active keeps your joints moving, your muscles strong and your weight healthy.
Now that we’re in the heart of the fall season, it’s more important than ever to be creative with your days. Staying active will help you manage your symptoms and feel your best. Below are some of the best activities to try out this season.
(Please note: COVID-19 cases continue to emerge. Make sure to choose your activities wisely, wear a mask and practice social distancing.)
Walking outside is a great starting point for keeping active. It lubricates the joints, strengthens the body and exposes you to sunlight. You can bundle up and do this activity on the coldest days (as long as the sidewalks aren’t icy). It’s also a safe activity during the pandemic because you’re outdoors and can maintain distance from others.
Swimming is one of the most joint-friendly, low-impact exercises out there. You get to work the whole body, strengthen the muscles, increase endurance and build lung capacity. Swimming may be harder to do right now because of COVID, though there is no evidence that the virus spreads through water. If you do find a place to go swimming, be sure to practice social distancing.
Even though there are many different types of yoga, this practice was first established as a form of mindful movement. It can be tailored to just about anyone, including older adults and people living with chronic pain. Yoga incorporates gentle stretches, breathing, meditation and mindfulness, all of which work to combat pain. There are plenty of free virtual classes and tutorials to choose from, as well as in-person classes.
Tai chi is an ancient form of Chinese martial arts. It’s low-impact and stimulates blood flow throughout the body. The slow, focused movements of tai chi, coupled with deep breathing, have been shown to be effective at reducing pain and managing stress. Like yoga, there are a number of virtual classes and tutorials to choose from.
Dancing is a fun way to work out while listening to your favorite music. Once you get used to it, you’ll find that time passes quickly! There are many different rhythms and styles to choose from that work your entire body – core, legs and arms. Some of our favorite lowest-impact dance styles are ballroom dancing, belly dancing and Zumba.
Consider Alternative Therapies
As you can see, there are many ways to stay active during the fall and winter months, even if you have chronic pain. In fact, keeping active is one of the best gifts you can give yourself. However, you may need more than movement to ease your symptoms. Jersey Rehab is a pain management clinic that offers a wide range of alternative treatments for chronic pain. Contact us today to book your appointment.