Ready to Begin Exercising?
Stretching, and strengthening are the primary steps in beginning an exercise program, no matter the activity level, to help manage pain.
Stretching is step one for exercise. It is the full range motion of our tendons, muscles and joints. If we don’t have full range of motion, rigorous exercising may cause injury. When tightness occurs in the muscles or soft tissue, one of the best techniques is Hatha yoga.
Hatha yoga has been utilized in the East to bestow health to its practitioners. At the core of Hatha yoga is a system of stretches designed to give full flexibility to practically every major muscle group. Each pose in Hatha yoga should be held for about twenty seconds, those unaccustomed to exercise may start with five-ten seconds.
In exercise physiology, it is a known fact that if you want to strengthen a muscle, you must work it beyond the level to which it is accustomed. If you always apply the same amount of stress to a muscle, then we will not have any strength building. If we reduce the daily physical stresses on certain muscles or muscle groups and maintain lower physical demands, that muscle or muscle group will get weaker in a shockingly short amount of time. Also if we reduce our activity to avoid pain, our muscles will get weaker and tighter, and it will take less physical activity to trigger our pain.
When someone is recovering from a serious illness, the body can quickly become weakened and the person may be unable to do things without assistance. They may then need inpatient rehabilitation to regain the ability to live independently.
Author’s note: The advice/recommendations contained herein are an adjunct to, not a substitute for, regular medical therapy. If you have health problems please consult your physician for treatment of your condition(s). The recommendations contained in these blogs are based on the latest scientific information. Science is always evolving, however, and further understanding of medical nutritional therapy may lead to changes in the recommendations we make.