Managing pain and discomfort with exercise is crucial.
Today I am going to show you all the ways that Exercise and Resistance Training can help you manage unwanted pain and discomfort.
In my 1o plus years of working as a personal trainer (helping people with Muscle System Care), these are the 13 ways that I have seen resistance training and exercise have the biggest impact.
Ready? Here we go!
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Ability to Move
This first one might seem very obvious, but it’s true. If you exercise and improve your ability to move smoothly, there is a much smaller chance that you will overwork any of your joints. It’s this overworking of joints that tends to lead to pain and discomfort. Exercise regularly to keep your joints healthy.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Ability to Absorb Force
Your muscles ability to effectively absorb all the force you put on your joints is pivotal to your health and well being. When you perform regular resistance training your muscles ability to absorb force increases, improving your body’s tolerance to the wear and tear of day to day life. Improved force tolerance equals improved joint health.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Posture
Your muscles are responsible for holding all your joints together…this makes up your posture. All your muscles working together in concert mean that all your joints are held together in a harmonious way, leading to less pain and discomfort. If some of your muscles aren’t as strong, or aren’t contracting well, it can lead to an out of alignment, compromised joint.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Endurance
Often times you can do an activity, but before long your joints start to feel achy and in pain. By doing resistance training, you can improve the endurance of your joints, and do the activities you love for longer. If your muscles lack endurance, it can lead to other joints compensating. Compensation, left unchecked, may eventually cause some pain and discomfort.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Quickening Your Reaction Time
Too often you may fall over and hurt yourself. If you were a little stronger, and a little quicker, you might’ve been able to prevent yourself from falling. Exercise and resistance training will improve the speed at which you can contract your muscles, so you are able to catch yourself before you fall and injure your tissues.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Boosting Your Immune System
Regular resistance training and exercise will boost the number of immune cells in your body. Additionally, your immune system will release immune cells like neutrophils and macrophages in response to exercise, that will transiently circulate through your body for a short time, improving your short term immunity as well.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Potentiating Your Nervous System
Exercise and resistance training, done in the right way, will potentiate the speed at which your muscles contract and communicate with the rest of your body. This means more strength and a quicker reaction time. As we discussed earlier, a stronger and faster body is a healthier one.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Strength
Exercise and resistance training will improve the size of your muscles and their ability to generate force and contract. If all your muscles can contract well and are strong, you have all the pieces for a robust body that can do all sorts of things. Improve the size of your muscles and your strength, and some of that unwanted pain and discomfort will lessen.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Strengthening Your Tendons
You may suffer from tendon overuse injuries like golfers elbow or shin splints. This is most often because while your muscles may be able to recover from the activities you do, your tendons can’t keep up (they recover slower than muscles). Regular resistance training will help you challenge muscles in a way you can’t replicate by any other means. The result: less overuse injuries like golfer’s elbow.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Flexibility
Exercise and resistance training is the best way to improve your flexibility (it’s not by “stretching”). Flexibility is your body’s ability to flex (contract) your muscles in a position. By doing resistance training through a full range of motion you can control, you will improve your flexibility. By improving your flexibility you will give your body more options through which it can move, lowering the wear and tear, and overuse that causes pain to your joints.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Ability to Learn
Exercise and resistance training has been shown to improve your learning capabilities by improving neuroplasticity in the brain. Priming your brain to learn with exercise can help your subconscious figure out how to move in such a way that it lowers the pain and discomfort sensations you feel.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Mood
One of the big benefits of exercise and resistance training is that it can improve your mood and feelings of well being. If you feel better about yourself, your pain and discomfort sensations will likely lessen. This will improve your quality of life and how you feel.
Exercise and Resistance Training Can Help Manage Pain and Discomfort by Improving Your Bone Density
Exercise and resistance training will apply force to your body that will lead to improved bone density and mitigate the risk of breaking your bones. Slips, trips, and falls that might have put you at a high risk of a bone fracture, are now lower because your bones are denser.
I hope this post encouraged you to starts exercising and doing resistance training to help manage the pain and discomfort that you’re feeling in your body.