Staying limber by being physically active is actually the best thing you can do to keep the body lubricated from the inside. The movements we choose by having a fitness mindset allow us to have a positive attitude toward the pain, whether acute or chronic. I have found that getting an exercise buddy to help one keep accountable for active events in your life is extremely helpful. When you ache, rest the parts of the body that need rest and recovery, and do other types of exercises that bring less impact to the body. Try floor exercises like abs, arms, stretching gently, or a gentle yoga class. Self massage and physical therapy can help as well. Some physical therapy is a full workout in itself! I also think a hot bath with epsom salts is a wonderful way to get magnesium into the body to help the muscles heal and the whole body to relax. Stress keeps us from healing fully and it may take longer to heal. Soaking in a hot tub with your favorite candles, essential oils, and music will calm the central nervous system down as well. Never underestimate the power of sleep. When we sleep the biochemical processes of healing occur.
Remember, motion is the lotion in our lives. As Dorrie say in Finding Nemo, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."
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