As we continue to celebrate #GoBlue, we will be sharing a few of the campaigns articles here. Bryce Jackson, our biokineticist, keeps the Purple Mookiting team MOOving. Here is his article on overcoming the common stumbling blocks to exercise to get us back to doing what we love:

At times, when exercise is difficult, we all want to give up. In my experience, the following are three stumbling blocks which get in the way of my patients getting back to the activities they love: 

1: “It hurts so I avoid using it”

Pain is designed to be a warning light not a stop sign. When we find a movement or activity painful, it is an indication that there is a problem. I find our instinct is to avoid that motion, and so, we give up doing things we love. Instead of stopping, reach out and get the help you need to remedy it. Work on the injury until you can resume the activities you enjoy. You don’t have to be in pain to work on your injury. You can heal your injury, improve your fitness and reduce your pain levels. Exercising doesn’t have to hurt.

2: “I used to be able to do that, but I don’t think I can now” 

Just because you’ve lost the ability to do something doesn’t mean we can’t get it back. There is a huge amount we can do to rebuild strength, improve balance and get you back doing what you love. If you feel nervous, working out with a friend when you aren’t with your biokineticist can give you the confidence to keep practicing.

3: “It’s a lot of effort to exercise” 

It will be an effort, getting to the fitness and health level you want isn’t going to be easy but the reward will be great! Start with the activities you know you enjoy and then when you are fitter and stronger, branch out. Exercising doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of your time, we can break it down into bite size pieces which fit easily into your life.

Remember, exercising can reduce pain, improve muscle strength and flexibility, reduce joint stiffness, control weight and boost energy levels. If you have concerns about exercising, consider working with a biokineticist who will ensure the exercises are safe for you, work on your key areas and have the most effect. Your biokineticist will also be able to advise on any precautions you need to take.

The #GoBlue campaign, from 9 September to 13 October, needs YOUR help. It is designed to draw attention to the needs of seniors in the Pietermaritzburg and Midlands community. Sharing #GoBlue articles is one of the ways you can help. You can share it by forwarding this one via email, downloading articles from the PADCA website or sharing them on social media from PADCA’s Facebook page.

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