Come here often? Make XFINITY.com your homepage » close

close

Your XFINITY Connect session has timed out due to inactivity. Click here to go back close

iVillage.com: Everyday Habits That Make Pain Worse

Being Sedentary

When you have nagging aches and pains, exercising may be the last thing you feel like doing. “Often when people have chronic pain, they’re afraid that physical activity will make the pain worse,” says Jeffrey Gross, M.D., a clinical associate professor of rehabilitation medicine at the New York University School of Medicine. But being inactive can backfire, and lead to stiff muscles and joints, as well as shortening of the muscles and tendons, which can worsen pain. By contrast, using your muscles normally can improve your ability to function, which can reduce your pain.

Solution: Get moving in some way (walk your dog, dance, ride a bike) as often as you can. If you have arthritis in your lower body, try swimming or water aerobics; the water’s natural buoyancy cushions the joints. Whatever activity you choose, start at a comfortable pace, rest as needed and gradually increase the duration or intensity of your workouts.

(Credit: Garry Wade/Taxi /Getty Images)
The Full Story from iVillage.com
iVillage




The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

Ad Info - Ad Feedback

Ad Info - Ad Feedback

Loading...