Posted by KT LaSalla ~ October 20, 2014
The statistics are high for people of all ages in the world who live with pain. According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, a recent market research report indicated that more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain. I witness this on a daily basis in my aerobic classes. Seniors 55+ attend my classes with back pain, knees that have been replaced or just worn out, and with arthritis, the most commonly reported pain. In fact, on some days so many of my seniors who have arthritis have to sometimes sit down while participating in my class. This is fine. I always tell everyone to only move as much as they can. What counts is “You walked in the door!”
Why do I bring this fact up about Pain versus Exercising? I can’t tell you the number of times at the end of my class that I hear, “I really didn’t want to come and exercise today, but I’m so glad I did because I feel great now!”
I have touched on this subject in an earlier blog, August 25, 2014, "Joint Effort." I feel this subject is worth repeating as I remind everyone that “Movement is the Key” to feeling good! I completely understand this kind of thinking, “Oh I can’t exercise today. I have too much pain.” Those thoughts are normal unless you have at some time encouraged yourself to attend a class and then realized how great you felt afterwards. And even then you sometimes have to remind your brain of that wonderful experience and feeling.
I would love to hear from some of you that know exactly what I’m talking about and also from those who know of someone who experiences Pain versus Exercising. We can share those stories with our readers in the comment section. I look forward to hearing from you; I care!
To Your Health,