A Brisk Walk Can Ease Chronic Joint Pain

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  • If you suffer from a chronic pain disorder, such as fibromyalgia or osteoarthritis, you may fear activity could increase pain or cause damage. However, data show walking may reduce pain as much as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or simple analgesics, and as pain decreases it may increase your motivation to move more
  • Movement has a positive effect on the health of your cartilage, which depends on activity to deliver nutrients. It also reduces stress levels that make you more sensitive to pain signals, improves sleep and raises your sense of well-being
  • By incorporating grounding in your walking routine, you’ll also enjoy a greater reduction of inflammation, pain relief and improved sleep from the exchange of electrons between your body and the Earth
  • As with any exercise program, it’s important to start slow and stay consistent; even beginning with five-minute intervals and slowly progressing will reap rewards. Reduce your potential risk of a pedestrian accident by using reflective clothing, using crosswalks, staying in well-lit areas and paying attention to your surrounding environment

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