Exercise is an important part of staying healthy, and this is especially true if you suffer from any chronic pain condition. This not only helps you live a healthier life; but also helps you avoid disuse syndrome, which can make pain worse. Many medical professionals recommend walking as an acceptable activity for many who suffer from chronic pain.
These are two main reasons why walking is good for your health:
- It can help you stay healthy and functional
- It increases endorphin production
What if your back hurts too much to walk?
Severe lower back pain may hinder your ability to walk a full 30 to 40 minutes, so consider starting with a short 5-minute walk and slowly work you way up. You could also consider walking in a shallow pool, allowing the extra buoyancy of the water to support some of the pressure. This may provide enough relief to allow you to complete the walk.
You might also realize that a low-impact aerobic exercise, such as biking or an elliptical machine, is an easier activity to take part in.
The key to any exercise program is that after you talk to your doctor, you start right away. Your future back will thank you for the extra effort you put into your health.
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