Never are we more aware of the passing of time than on New Year's Eve. Another year fades into the past, and a new one appears on the horizon. We look forward to the endless possibilities the future might bring. For those who live with chronic pain, inflammation, and stress, New Year’s is a time to say enough is enough and set a resolution to deal with your problem head-on.
Of course, a resolution is only part of the solution. You must be prepared to commit to your new lifestyle long after New Year’s Eve is a distant memory of lost sleep, twinkling lights, and leftover Chinese food.
Many studies have been done on what makes New Year’s resolutions successful. One study done by researchers from the University of Pittsburgh hypothesized that willpower wasn’t enough to help us reach our goals. Instead, they found that creating positive habits was the real key to achieving long-term goals. Based on this study, your New Year’s resolution should be to replace harmful habits with healthy ones.
New Year’s Resolutions to Fight Chronic Pain
One of the most common New Year’s resolutions is to exercise more. Moving more is an excellent way to manage chronic pain. You may have heard of the “runner’s high,” but it isn’t limited just to running. Any form of exercise can make you feel better. Aerobic activity activates your muscles and releases endorphins, which are your body's natural painkillers and mood boosters.
The key to this resolution is balance! Moving more means a combination of strength training, stretching, cardio, and relaxation practices. You don’t have to spend all day at the gym or sign up for a daily fitness class to fulfill this resolution. Even less intense forms of exercise like walking or yoga have benefits when it comes to living with less pain/inflammation.
The goal should be to incorporate 30-45 minutes of low-intensity aerobic exercise five to six days a week. Link up with a friend so you can keep each other motivated. And find a type of activity that you love, such as dancing, hiking, or riding a bike.
Make It Happen
New Year New You
December 23, 2020 by John Ford and compiled by numerous media and web sources.