20 Reasons Movement is the Best Medicine
Most of the aches and pains we feel on a daily basis is musculoskeletal pain. What that means is our muscles and our joints hurt. The drug of choice for this type of pain is movement. There is nothing that comes in capsule form that will have a greater benefit than movement.
In cases of acute pain, where there is an injury like a broken bone of a sprained ankle, rest is important for recovery; however with most everything else, including chronic pain or pain that is present all the time, not moving is only going to create more problems.
During the great quarantine of 2020, it’s easy to find yourself parked in front of a screen for hours at a time. The first week my business was shut down, I experienced a great deal of low back pain. I was sleeping later into the morning because I had no place to be. I was laying on the couch messing around on my phone. I was spending a lot of time working on my laptop. The result was pain. I woke up in pain, and it lingered most of the day.
Fortunately I knew exactly what the problem was. I wasn’t accustomed to long hours reclining or sitting down, nor was it something that I should get accustomed to. The next two days, I quit the screens. I got outside and tackled all my yard work. I lengthened the amount of time I walked the dog. I deep cleaned my house. I did some yoga. While I admittedly had some sore muscles from the exercise, the back pain I’d had for the past week was gone.
Science has proven the following benefits of staying active.
1. Increased circulation
2. Increased muscle pliability, elasticity and contractility
3. Improves mood
4. Lubricates joints
5. Improves coordination
6. Improves overall health
7. Relieves stress
8. Prevents memory loss
9. Decrease in depression
10. Increase in self esteem
11. Decrease in anxiety
12. Improves mental function and brain health
13. Stronger bones
14. Slows the aging process
15. Relieves pain
16. Lowers blood pressure
17. Good for your heart
18. Helps control weight
19. Improves mobility
20. Reduces falls
That said, you don’t have to go overboard and start an intense workout regimen in order to overcome muscle and joint pain, but you do have to get up and move around regularly. You need to do a variety of movements. You also need to know your limits. Don't do anything that makes your pain worse during the activity. You can incorporate traditional exercises like strength training or stretching, or you can also just do active tasks like walking, gardening and cleaning the garage. Anything that gets you moving counts.