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How can you start an exercise regime with chronic pain?

When you’re in pain, exercising may be the last thing you want to do, but it’s an important part of your recovery. Start exercising slowly and gradually with an activity that is accessible and doable for you. You can ease your way into exercising without aggravating your pain by choosing low-impact activities, such as walking, water-based exercises, biking, stretching, strength training, yoga, or dance. Move in ways that are as pleasant, fun, and as inspiring as possible – consider joining a class, exercising with a friend, or getting out in nature for additional benefits.

Remember that when you start a new exercise regime, some soreness is to be expected. Continue to focus on slow and gradual process, pace your activity, and listen to your body while gently pushing against your limits. This will be a balancing act involving some trial and error, but it is well worth the effort. When in doubt or if in need of guidance, seek help from a professional.

If you want to increase your amount of physical activity, visit this helpful guide with tips on how to get started.

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