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Exercise Your Pain Away

Jake Pierce, MS, CHES, Licensed Wellness Coach

Are you one of millions of Americans who suffers from chronic pain? If so, exercise may be the furthest thing from your mind. Just the thought of walking around the block several times a week may seem impossible. But wouldn’t it be great to gain back your quality of life without having to worry about pain and fatigue?

I know the title of this article may sound counterintuitive, but research studies have shown that individuals who suffer from chronic pain due to chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis, or any other chronic illness can experience pain relief through exercise. That’s right, exercise can help reduce pain! Not only can regular, low-to-moderate intensity exercise help reduce chronic pain, but it can also lessen fatigue, stress and other related symptoms while boosting energy levels, improving physical fitness and enhancing your performance at work and in your daily activities.

Now, before you jump head first into an exercise routine, make sure to consult with your doctor to assess your exercise readiness.

 Here are 5 exercises to help reduce chronic pain:


If you’re able to walk, this low-impact exercise is a great choice that can be completed just about anywhere. From the treadmill to the park and even at work, walking is one of the most versatile and cost-effective forms of exercise.


If you need an activity that will take the stress off your joints, swimming is just the thing for you. Swimming helps to relax muscles and reduces joint pain, while increasing stamina, strength and flexibility.


Focused breathing, stretching and strength are all parts of a well-rounded yoga session. Even the mindfulness meditation practices that are often incorporated into this exercise can help you gain insight and acceptance of your chronic pain.

Strength Training

Light weight or bodyweight resistance training can strengthen the muscles around your joints, which will help to ease the stress on your joints.


Pilates can aid in improving core strength, stability, posture and balance resulting in reduced pain which can help chronic low-back pain!

So if you struggle with chronic pain, don’t let it stop you! Start exercising today! You might just find that you can reclaim your life, pain free! 


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