Regular exercise is necessary for all of us – whether you are in pain (chronic or acute) or wanting to stay out of pain, exercise has been shown to help.
You may be unsure about the type of exercise that is best for you, or worried about the volume or loads you should be doing. These are important questions as they can mean the difference between getting benefit from the exercise you do and feeling worse for it! The answer is going to be different for everyone. No one protocol of sets and reps or a particular exercise regime or movement is going to be the right one across the board. If 10 people have the same injury/condition and they are given the same exercise and rehabilitation schedule, there is a very high chance that they will not have the same results. That every one of those 10 people will experience varying levels of pain and take different time frames to reach certain goals.
First and foremost exercise should be something you enjoy! If you hate the thought of doing it, don’t see the benefit in it or wish you were doing something else, then you most likely are not going to get the results from it either! Think of something you enjoy, that gets you moving and makes you feel positive about what you are doing.
This can be a hard task when you are in pain or feeling down because of your pain, sometimes you feel like you ‘can’t do anything’. This is when you may need to ask for help. Finding the things you CAN do and enjoy doing is so important. Understanding that you are NOT CAUSING DAMAGE by exercising and you are stronger and more resilient than you probably think, is even more important!
There is no better time than now to start moving!