Do you have January 17 marked on your calendar? It is not a national holiday, but traditionally the day people who have made New Year’s resolutions fold on those promises. To be fair, it’s easy to become discouraged if progress toward a major goal doesn’t happen right away, but resolutions can be helpful in determining what changes in lifestyle can improve health.
If you live with chronic joint pain, it’s important to stay the course of your treatment and keep to exercises that help reduce discomfort. Lack of motivation due to giving into stiffness can make it a challenge to reach these goals. This year, resolve to make it past January 17 without giving up.
One Step At A Time
The saying that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step can apply to any New Year’s resolution. Where exercise is concerned, it may be a single weight lift or one yoga post to get you started.
Regular exercise is beneficial for joint pain patients in that the movement keeps the joints active and lubricated, and when your knees, ankles and elbow have more flexibility you experience less discomfort. When working on exercise resolutions this year, start with short routines with the intention of adding on as you progress.
Accountability Is Key
Accountability is a good way to maintain a good habit. With so many exercise and journaling apps available to phones, and fitness trackers on the market, it’s only a matter of finding the right fit. Even if you prefer the written method, a spiral notebook for recording daily exercise — step counts, water intake, and weights — can provide motivation.
Professional Help When You Need It
When joint pain requires medical attention, the physicians at Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists provide quality care. Whether you need a minimally invasive treatment to help improve quality of life, or therapy following an injury, we are here to help. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you have a happy and healthy 2021.