My last article focused on ways to motivate and reward yourself for walking - even if you have pain. And, I mentioned some ways to perhaps alleviate some of that pain.
Let me write a bit more about pain. Joint pain is painful. Corns and calluses, blisters and bunions all hurt and can persuade us to remain on the sofa rather than exercise. Fatigue is a constant problem for some and an occasional problem for everyone. Age, weight, and other medical conditions can prevent us from walking pain free.
Yep. All that is true. For some, pain is just a constant part of life and there's not getting around it. If you are able to use pain relievers, you'll get a better workout and have less pain on the other side too.
Despite all of that, walking will eventually lessen pain. But, that might not happen for a while. And, how does that happen anyway? I've written before about the changes in brain chemistry that occur with exercise. The more you exercise (within reason), the better you'll feel because more positive changes in brain chemistry have occurred. It can, yes it can, become addictive. Don't worry about that. That potential is a long way off.
Before that, before you even get to a mindset where you will incorporate walking as exercise into your daily or weekly routine, you'll feel better because of the exercise. Even if the walking itself is painful, you'll feel better. Some of this you just have to take on faith and try it. What would be my motive for lying about this? I make no money from this blog or from any of the other exercises I do! I am strongly motivated to help others understand what I have come to understand in my own life. Exercise is liberating, harmony inducing, positive. No downside there!
If you have pain, try to walk on anyway. Don't attempt a mile or a marathon. Start out slow and build up in small increments til you attain your goals - a healthier life and a more positive attitude. Life will improve and so will you!
Remember my 100% GUARANTEE. Should you decide to stop walking and resume your old habits, I personally guarantee that you'll get back 100% of your former life - your pain, your lifestyle, your attitude. You can trust the information you find here. It's from a dedicated walker. Trust me and your life will get better! I promise.
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