New Year, New Goals
RESOLUTION: DEAL WITH YOUR CHRONIC PAIN THIS NEW YEAR
by Barby Ingle
If you’ve been living with chronic pain, New Year’s is the perfect time to make a few simple changes to increase positive daily living. Below Barby Ingle, explores tips for 2017 resolutions when you are the one in three Americans living in pain.
- Walk at least several times weekly. – Regular, low impact aerobic exercise reduces inflammation, strengthens your muscles and provides expedited healing by sending oxygen-rich blood through out your body. Depending on your individual level of fitness, you may want to start out walking only a few minutes at a time, and gradually—over a period of several weeks and maybe even months— try to walk for at least 30 minutes at least 3 or 4 times.
- Get at least eight hours of sleep each 24 hour period. – Studies show as many as 66% of individuals with chronic pain are also living with sleep disorders. Each person will have their own personal preferences to fall asleep, and there is no one right method for everyone.
- Quit – smoking, slouching, eating poorly.
- Drink more – ‘cold’ water. This helps with blood pressure, heart health, kidney health, losing weight and improvement in overall health.
Try adding at least one of these to your list of 2017 resolutions.