B. Move More to Break the Vicious Cycle
Congratulations, you're on your way to solving this puzzle. Joint pain is linked to the Vicious Cycle, and the center of that cycle is movement. You're right. Movement is much better for you than any pain medication.
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Increase your quality of life. If you've struggled with joint pain and enjoyed occasional relief, you're eager to make that a permanent part of your life. Just know that it is possible.
Help you take further action. Once you've started moving more, you'll begin to have good days, as movement is like a magic pill for your aching joints. You'll begin to understand how you can free your body from joint pain. You'll become inspired to take more action.
Actually increase your pain tolerance. Scientists have suggested that exercise briefly and acutely dulls pain. As muscles begin to ache during a long workout, the body releases natural opiates, such as endorphins that can actually reduce your discomfort.
Walking is one of the best and easiest ways to start moving.
- Work up to 6,000 steps per day.
- Start by setting a smaller goal, like 3,000 or less steps each day.
- Research suggests that 6,000 steps are necessary to realize true benefits and relief from joint pain.
Join a fitness program at a local gym or start one at your church. Exercise can help you maintain your mobility and dodge physical disability.
Continue improving your physical condition through moderate exercise. A regular program of walking, strength training, stretches, and balance exercises tested on adults who weren't moving much improved their overall physical condition.
African Americans are 17% less likely to report having arthritis. At the same time, they are almost twice as likely to have severe joint pain, work limitations, and weaknesses as a result of their arthritis.
African-American women may often choose to tolerate pain and ride out the storm because they have so many responsibilities and obligations. You may even struggle with saying no, feeling like you have let someone down. It is important to acknowledge your joint pain and continue to understand the importance of movement.
Life happens and becoming sedentary and moving too little during the day can easily "slip up" on you.
Latinas have an 83% higher chance of being disabled due to joint pain. One in every five Hispanics suffers from joint pain that causes limited mobility.
Perhaps you lived a more active lifestyle in your country of origin and movement was just a natural part of your life. Because of the pain, you may feel that you should not move and are becoming a burden to your family. The pain may even impact how you see yourself and lower your self-esteem.
Continue to overcome these challenges through the power of movement and its ability to reduce your pain.