As I have given this talk, the one thing I try to stress with anyone is being able to find a way to exercise that you like. It doesn’t have to be a love, hate relationship, but something that you at least find some enjoyment in. This could be walking, biking, etc. You are only limited by your creativity.
The more important piece to understand is to always respect your body and how it responds to exercise. Remember, exercise is not bad, it only seems that way when we push ourselves to hard. Listen to what you feel like during the exercise and afterwards. It is important to be able to differentiate between pain and soreness as these are two separate issues. Pain would be something that stops you from moving a joint, wakes you at night, and has a deep throbbing or sharp, jabbing type pain. Soreness usually comes on within 24-48 hours after you have exercised. This will usually subside within 4-5 days afterwards depending on how hard you exercised. As long as you can differentiate between these two responses, you can develop a good, safe way to exercise and further improve your ability to live a quality life and keep doing the things you want to do.
If you are having trouble understanding the difference between pain and soreness, you may be appropriate for a visit to see one of our physical therapists. We can help you develop an understanding of how to begin an exercise program and also teach you the mindset for injury prevention. Just give us a call and we can set you up with one of our highly skilled physical therapists.