How do you keep exercising when you have an injury/chronic pain?
There are plenty of good things about getting older, but one of the most frustrating is the fact that your body doesn't always have the same resilience that it used to. In fact, almost all of my clients past the age of 40 are struggling with at least one chronic injury or condition: Back pain, knee pain, shoulder problems, arthritis...or, as one client put it, "I've become my mother...no, it's worse than that. I've become my grandmother."
However, there is an upside to all of this, one that never fails to inspire me: These people still show up for their workouts. They get frustrated and they complain (often quite colorfully). Sometimes they have to miss a workout or spend time with a doctor or physical therapist, yet, overall, they're still committed to exercise.
I know there are many of you out there doing the same thing, getting up and moving, even when it hurts...even when you don't want to. My question to you is: How do you do it? How do you keep moving when you're in pain or have to work around an injury? What advice do you have for people struggling withe these issues? Leave a comment and tell us how you keep exercising.
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