As we grow older, we often find that we are less adept at recovering from injuries. If you are down at the gym and you are pounding the treadmill regularly, only to feel a muscle pull, you may find that you take a week or two longer to recover than you did a decade ago. Being confronted by your age is a bitter pill to swallow, especially if you are active and love venturing to an exercise session. Seeing a new wrinkle or a gray hair can induce a panic attack but you can always use an age defying cream or dye your hair if necessary. With aches and niggles, they can be harder to combat.
The niggles that you may be suffering from don’t have to linger indefinitely leaving you to reach for the painkillers. If you do have an ache or pain that is preventing you from being mobile, you need to find yourself down at the doctor’s surgery. However if your niggles are a chronic issue that aren’t debilitating but are annoying, follow these steps to try and kick them into the long grass.
Go To A Pro
Sometimes we may be able to self manage our recovery at home from an injury. However, on occasion the injury that we sustained in Zumba class might not fully heal. If this is the case, it’s time to see a professional to help you get back to the gym. Consider heading to a physiotherapist who can assess your injury and do some diagnostic tests. They can then treat you with a course of exercises, manipulation and massage to help get your muscles or joints back to full health.
Many people choose to visit acupuncturists or chiropractors to seek help with their niggles. There is very little scientific evidence to state that these forms of treatment are effective, but word of mouth suggests that they can help a niggle if not banish it forever.
When you think about yoga, images of dreadlocked hippies chanting ‘om’ sitting cross legged in a village hall may pop into your head. Yoga is no longer all incense sticks and new age vibes; it has been welcomed into the mainstream by society and medical professionals. Indeed, some doctors may suggest that you head to a yoga class and try out this form of exercise rather than take painkillers. Medication will never cure an issue, it simply masks the pain and stops you from feeling the niggle. As you become used to the dosage, you will continually need more to mask the pain. Instead, yoga is worth a go.
Yoga is a form of exercise that works on your core and your flexibility. A series of postures are worked through to strengthen your core. Coupled with breathing exercises, you channel your thoughts to focus on things other than your pain. While not ridiculously energetic, you will sweat and feel tired after a yoga session. And hopefully, your niggle will feel better.
Weight is always a factor in your niggles, as is your general health. If you eat takeaways regularly or you enjoy partaking in sugary snacks and soda, the chances are that you may be carrying a little bit of excess weight. While a sensitive topic, it might be time to get on the scales and take your BMI. If you are a little overweight, you may find that your pain diminishes if you can shift a few pounds. Doing this will result in less weight and stress being placed on your joints and muscles.
To lose weight, exercise is key. While you can’t go full throttle at the gym, walks and leisurely bike rides can keep you active. You need to couple this with an overhaul of your diet. Think about swapping your white refined carbs from whole grains. Eat a range of green leafy veg alongside lean meat and fish, and cut your portion sizes. Always try and keep your salad or veg allowance to fifty per cent of every meal. This naturally cuts your carb and protein portion.
Improving your general health and well being is vital if you are to improve your niggles. As well as your physical health, you need to look at your mental well being. Ensure that you are fulfilled and satisfied with your life and channel your thoughts into more positive outlets. While banishing your niggles isn’t easy, especially if they have become chronic, you can follow this guide and ease your pain in a more natural way.