Don't buy into the misconception that exercise is the cause of pain and injury. More often, it is inactivity that exacerbates painful conditions. Movement, whether structured exercise, gentle stretching or simply a relaxed walk, stimulates blood flow and helps reduce fluid build-up and swelling.
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Small movements I've found that relieve the pain. I"ve been in pain for the last week, and found that if I moved my hip, (the one on the side of the painful knee) the way Cancan dancers do, -- it looks like they're moving their knee, when in fact, they move the hip--, I'm able to get up from sitting and experience less pain, even no pain. I didn't find that on my own, but thanks to my Feldenkrais instructor41
I've noticed that sometimes when I'm working out in front of people, I'm tempted to go faster or push harder because I'm insecure about my fitness level, but when I do that before my body is able, I exhaust myself and hurt the next day. Now, I stick to my goals and kick it up a bit when I know my body is ready to move forward, not because I worry what others will think. Injury and pain from overwork can kill an exercise habit. Why sabotage your hard work?
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