Healthy Hobbies for the New Year

Healthy seniors meeting at book club

With the New Year in full swing, now is the perfect time to think about new hobbies to take up that will keep you busy and on track with maintaining your joint health this year. Not only can new hobbies give you something to look forward to, but the right ones can help get you moving and/or challenge your brain – both of which are key when it comes to maintaining optimal wellness as we age. We asked our founder, Dr. Robert Dean, to share what he recommends for his patients living with knee, hip pain when it comes to new hobbies.

“Taking up new hobbies is a great way to stay physically and mentally fit as we get older,” says Dr. Dean. “It can also help break up your typical routine and give you something new to look forward to. For individuals with chronic joint pain, it’s important to choose activities that focus on low impact movement that helps relieve tension and pain and balancing that with mental challenges for brain health.”

New Hobbies for Mental Health

Join or Start a Book Club

Book Clubs are a great way to make socialization part of your routine while encouraging you to read new books to keep your mind active and engaged. Check with friends and neighbors to see if there’s an existing club that’s a good match for you. If not, start one yourself by inviting close friends and assigning everyone different roles for each meeting.

Volunteer

This is a great way to stay active while giving back to your local community. From animal shelters to food banks to clothing drives, many neighborhoods offer a variety of volunteer opportunities so you can pick what matches your personal passions. It’s also a great way to meet new people and make new friends along the way.

Journaling

Whether you are an experienced writer or a novice, journaling is a wonderful way to get your express your thoughts, worries, and hopes in a format that you can revisit and even share with others. If you are a seasoned writer looking to return to your craft, journaling is a great way to write out your ideas and flesh them out for your next creative project.

New Hobbies for Joint Health

Join or Start a Walking Group

There’s really no better low-impact exercise than walking! It gets you outside and moving without putting additional strain on your joints. That said, walking is often made better when shared with friends! Check with your friends and neighbors to see if there’s an existing walking group that you can join; if not, why not start one yourself? Even when the weather is chilly, walking is a great way to get exposed to fresh air and sunlight which can have a positive impact on your mood and even help you sleep better at night.

Indoor Swimming

When the temperatures drop, swimming may not seem like the most appealing hobby – but you can take it indoors and experience all of the health benefits of this challenging, low-impact workout. If you are a seasoned swimmer, look for an indoor pool with individual lap lanes and challenge yourself to increase your time little by little (but always listening to your body and taking it easy when needed). If you are new to swimming, look into a class or an area suitable for beginners. 

Yoga Class

Yoga is an excellent low-impact exercise that helps promote strength, flexibility, and mind/body balance!  Whether you choose an in-person class in your neighborhood or an at-home streaming program, it’s easy to get started and slowly build up your endurance over time. Yoga can also help those with chronic joint pain to build up strength in key areas of the body with minimal impact on the affected joints. And, it’s known to help promote an overall sense of wellbeing, calm, and improved mental health.

Which hobby will you take on in 2022? With these options, you don’t have to pick just one!

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

New Year’s Resolutions (That You’ll Actually Keep!)

Happy New Year 2022

As the year comes to a close and the New Year approaches, it’s the perfect time to look back and reflect on the things we accomplished in 2021, as well as what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. Often, our past resolutions fizzle out quickly which can make new ones seem more like short term “ideas” versus long term lifestyle changes. But this year, when the clock strikes midnight on January 1st, 2022, we owe it to ourselves to wipe the slate clean and set ourselves up with resolutions that will lead us down the path of health, happiness, and wellness.

According to our founder, Robert Dean, M.D., whether or not you are likely to stick to your resolutions depends largely on how big they are. “So often, people make huge resolutions without realistic plans to accomplish them. My advice for my patients is to focus on setting goals that you can easily integrate into your daily routine and stick to over time. In other words, it’s great to say you want to lose a certain amount of weight but that is going to take time, whereas saying you resolve to exercise 3-4 times a week is something you can start doing right away. Then, the larger goal of weight loss will be a result of your commitment!”

Before we dive into some specific ideas for resolutions, Dr. Dean reminded us that you should always consult with your doctor or health care provider before adding any of these to your daily routine – whether you choose to implement these changes to your 2022 plans always start slow and start with small milestones that you can continue to do long term. 

 

New Year’s Resolutions That You’ll Actually Keep

Eat more Lean Protein – As we age, the body processes protein less efficiently and needs more of it to maintain muscle mass, bone density, lower cholesterol and produce more energy. Adding more protein to your diet can be very simple and done in many different ways. Start by eating all of your protein packed food first and finish your meal with your carb and starch filled sides. Your proteins will also help fill you up faster and help you cut back on overeating. Make a switch: for breakfast, try swapping out your cereal for eggs or a protein shake, switch from traditional yogurt to Greek yogurt and trade snacking on chips to munching on edamame.

Keep Your Mind Healthy – Exercising your mind is just as important as exercising your body when it comes to overall health. Studies show that those over the age of 65 who practice different types of cognitive training such as speed of processing training, memory training, and reasoning training, experienced protection from age-related cognitive declines. Simples ways to keep your mind healthy in the New Year include challenging yourself to learn a new skill, reading one new book a month, working on puzzles, and dedicating time to relax and meditate.

Add 20 more minutes of exercise a day –  Habits form by doing something repetitively but finding time for extensive workouts or gym time can be difficult. Often when we set challenging fitness goals and miss a day here or there, we start to lose motivation. One way to combat this is to start with exercises you can do intermittently throughout the day. Adding these small but impactful workouts will ensure you are getting your body moving without the pressures of getting to the gym. Start your day off with “Sit to Stand” while at the kitchen table. Standing in front of your chair, do about 10 reps of sitting and standing back up without using your hands for support. Repeat this 2 – 3 times a day. Try “Single Leg Stands” during commercial breaks. Lift one foot a few inches off the ground and tighten your core. When the commercial switches, switch legs. This will help improve balance and core strength. Add in a walk: before each meal, pick five different locations to walk to before eating. These locations can be as simple such as the end of the driveway, the upstairs bathroom, or your neighbor’s mailbox. These small walks will add up and add some extra steps to your daily routine!

Partner Up – It’s so much easier to accomplish a goal when you have someone beside you to cheer you on and hold you accountable. This past year especially we haven’t had as much opportunity to connect with those around us but with virtual options becoming much more obtainable and user friendly, we suggest you reconnect with friends and family and challenge them to work towards your goals with you. Healthy relationships play a major part in our overall wellness. Stronger relationships can lead to help with personal confidence, motivation, and attitude.

It’s important to remember that any and all resolutions you choose to take on do not need to be done all at once. Taking the step to create a new goal or change to better yourself is already a great start – and can be done at any time. Make sure to set aside time to reflect on how you are progressing and if there are any adjustments you can make to continue your journey.

Are you looking to stop your joint pain in the New Year so you can get back to doing the things you love? Book a free consultation with Dr. Dean now to see if you are a candidate for our non-surgical procedure by filling out the form below.

Holiday Recipes for Joint Health

Holiday Dinner Table

We’re officially in the holiday spirit and thinking of all the deliciousness that will grace our tables over the next couple of weeks. Thinking of holiday recipes to include this year? You may see the usual suspects like bacon-wrapped dates, cheeseballs, and spinach artichoke dips, but we wanted to think a little outside of the box when it came to serving up a holiday meal.

While we want to continue to make choices that benefit our joint health, we don’t want to sacrifice taste. Whether you’re looking to bring an appetizer and a dessert or are in charge of the full spread, we’ve got you covered with our ideal menu.

Appetizer • Bruschetta

Typically enjoyed during the warmer months, bruschetta can still shine this holiday season. The incredibly flavorful bite incorporates ingredients that are made to help with joint health and keep inflammation at bay. The juicy tomato base is dressed in extra-virgin olive oil and plenty of garlic. Both ingredients are top on the list of healthy foods for your joints.   

Main • Honey Mustard Baked Salmon

While this is a delicious dish to add to your holiday table, it can be a crowd-pleaser all year round. Not only is this dish packed with flavor, but it’s also actually packed with Omega-3 fatty acids. This source works to reduce inflammation which is great for keeping those joints in good shape.

Side • Shaved Brussel Sprout Salad

This simple salad tastes anything but simple. It features the perfect balance of salty, sweet, chewy, and crunchy. Being in the cruciferous vegetable family, one of the great things about brussel sprouts is their ability to assist with eliminating the swelling of joints. Topped with olive oil and almonds, this salad has all the makings for a joint healthy side (or main), all while making your taste buds sing.

Dessert • Chocolate Covered Stuffed Dates

Switch it up from the traditional cookie or fruitcake for the holidays and opt for this tasty treat. The date has a caramel taste and texture and when you pair it with your favorite nut butter and dark chocolate, you create a healthier dessert. It almost mimics a Snickers bar (and who doesn’t love those?). A perfect way to get in those dark chocolate benefits without getting a total sugar rush!

Apéritif • Blueberry Gin & Sage Punch

If you’re looking to add a festive cocktail to your spread, might we suggest one chock full of blueberries? While most fruits have anti-inflammatory properties, the blueberry has the ability to ease pain; all while tasting delicious! This refreshing make-ahead punch is sure to delight all guests!

Will one of these holiday recipes be making an appearance at your festivities this year?

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Dr. Dean’s Favorite Holiday Traditions

Family celebrating the holidays

This is the time of year where holiday traditions come on the scene and we feel the magic of the season. While there are plenty of well-known traditions, as well as personal ones, we love finding those that keep us moving and feeling connected with ourselves and loved ones.

AROmotion’s founder, Dr. Robert Dean, is sharing four of his favorite holiday traditions to help bring the spirit as well as a few ways to manage chronic joint pain at the same time. From Dr. Dean and all of us at AROmotion, we hope you enjoy these traditions and have a happy holiday!  

Play Tourist. Most cities and towns have something special to offer around the holidays. Whether it’s a holiday market supplying unique ornaments to add to your collection or strings of lights adorning your version of Main Street, exploring spots like these are sure to put you in the spirit and make memories for years to come. Get those joints moving by enjoying a bundled stroll with friends and family with hot cocoa in hand to take it all in.

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Host a Cookie Party. The sweets are in abundance around this time and we’re here for it! While a chocolate chip cookie cannot be denied, an exciting holiday tradition is making (and/or tasting) all the special cookies come out of hiding for the season. Hosting a cookie baking party or cookie exchange is a wonderful way to bring people together as well as to create. We think these Carrot Walnut Oatmeal cookies would be a delicious addition to any tray. They even call for turmeric, which is perfect for fight off inflammation.   

Freeze Those Memories. Grab your best holiday outfits and pose for the picture! Memories are treasured and a photograph to accompany those are priceless. We love the holiday tradition of taking a group photo each year to not only remember, but to also look back on years past. This serves as a reminder of all to be thankful for during this season.

Give Back. While it’s always a good time to give back to the community and those in need, this season is exceptionally helpful. There are plenty of ways to make charity a part of your holiday traditions. Find an organization that you align with and donate in a friend or family member’s name as a gift or donate your time at local shelters.

What are some of your favorite holiday traditions?

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Staying On Track This Holiday Season

Family celebrating the holidays

We’re entering the holiday season which means it’s time for gifts and merriment, good food and drink, and quality time spent with those closest to us. With all the hustle and bustle, it can be easy to kick your regular routine to the curb. While there is nothing wrong with adjusting your routine to fit a busy schedule, it’s all about balance.

Our founder Dr. Robert Dean is sharing four ways to stay on track and fully enjoy this season, especially if you’re managing chronic joint pain. The best part is all tips are easy to incorporate and will leave you feeling your best!  

Keep Moving. Parking it in front of the fireplace in our flannel attire and fluffy socks with a hot cocoa isn’t the only thing you can do this holiday season. While Dr. Dean highly encourages cozying up, be sure to keep your body moving to feel its best. Enjoy a walk around the neighborhood to admire decorations or incorporate some gentle exercises like swimming or yoga to alleviate tension in your joints.

Be Sure to Enjoy. Don’t deprive yourself when it comes to all the yummy goodness the holidays inevitably bring. Indulge and enjoy your favorite dishes in moderation, because while it’s important to fuel our bodies properly, it’s equally as important to fuel the soul. If you’re looking for something with a little more balance, Dr. Dean shared his favorite fall recipes that would be a great addition to any table.

Find Your Zen. As much joy as the holidays bring, it can also instill a little stress. Whether that stress stems from hosting or even just attending a larger gathering, it happens and it’s completely valid. Taking some time for yourself to recharge is imperative and can make all the difference in your headspace and health. Dr. Dean loves yoga or meditation for a quick reset and pick-me-up. This 7 Minute Yoga for Stress Relief flow is great in a pinch (and keeps that body moving!). If meditation is more your speed, Calm will walk you through a 10-minute mindfulness session

Stay Hydrated. Festive beverages make their appearance around this time; mulled wine, eggnog, punch, and the classic Coca-Cola (you know the one in a glass bottle. It tastes better around this time of year!). Feel free to enjoy responsibly but be sure to include plenty of water! It’s estimated that a large portion of your joint cartilage is comprised of water, making it crucial in keeping joint pain at bay. Without proper hydration, dehydration sets in and can cause a reverse lubrication effect on joints. So, be sure to grab your favorite water bottle and keep it handy.   

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

How to Stay Motivated to Workout

Healthy seniors outside jogging in the fall

With the time change and the colder weather setting in, it’s easy to feel less motivated to stay active. For those managing chronic joint pain, it’s essential to stick to a daily workout routine to keep your joints and muscles active. Even when it feels impossible, there are a handful of ways to take advantage of this season and get moving.

Now, we are sharing tips from our founder, Dr. Robert Dean, that he gives his patients when they are seeking a little inspiration to stay active during the colder seasons.

“It’s the season to get cozy and comfortable inside,” says Dr. Dean. “While you should enjoy relaxing time indoors, it’s important to either stick to your existing exercise routine or start a new one that works better for you when it’s colder outside. Thankfully, there are some fun and simple ways to stay on track and this is especially important for my patients living with knee, hip, shoulder, or other joint pain.”

Nature Walks. While there may be a chill to the air, the foliage is a sight to see. Bundle up and head out for a leisurely walk around your neighborhood. While the movement is great for joints and staying warm, you can enjoy the autumnal views.

Adopt a New (Indoor) Routine. There are plenty of exercises that can be done in the comfort of your very own home. From indoor cycling to fitness apps, there is no shortage of new things to spice up your routine. Take this opportunity to explore try a new type of workout or class. We love either a gentle yoga or strength training class that incorporates light weights.

Join Your Local Club. If you prefer to venture out, joining your local club or gym may be for you! Switching up the scenery and workouts is a sure way to keep up motivation. If your location has an indoor pool, we highly recommend taking some laps! The movement is not only fun and beneficial, it’s easy on those joints!

Remember the Why. Even in times when we don’t feel like exercising, it’s important to remember why we’re staying active. This can be our most powerful motivator. A healthy and active lifestyle can prevent injury, strengthen joints, and keep us moving for many years to come.

In addition to daily movement, Dr. Dean also likes to remind his patients to maintain a healthy and balanced diet during the fall and winter seasons to help reach our maintain weight and wellness goals. (For helpful tips, tricks, and recipes, visit our blog and browse some of our most popular articles.)

If chronic joint pain is preventing you from sticking to your daily exercise routine and doing other things you love, AROmotion can help! We have helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery. Just complete the form below to have a team member contact you to set up a no-risk doctor’s consultation to see if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedure. 

Adjusting to Daylight Savings Changes

Couple sitting on dock in the fall

If you are one of the millions of Americans that turned their clocks back one hour this past weekend, you may find yourself struggling to stick to your normal sleep schedule. Even just the one-hour time difference can have a significant impact on our sleep, energy levels, and mental health, which is why it’s important to make small changes to your daily routine to get back on track. In this blog post, we share some tips from Dr. Robert Dean, founder of AROmotion.

“Setting our clocks back one hour can disrupt the body’s circadian rhythm, which is the internal clock that signals to us when it’s time to go to sleep and wake up,” says Dr. Dean. “When the days get shorter, it gets darker earlier which can throw our internal clocks out of whack pretty quickly. When this happens, our sleep can get disrupted which in turn can have a negative impact on our energy levels and mental health.”

According to Dean, now is the time to adjust our daily routines so we can quickly return to our normal schedules, feel energized, and maintain a positive mood throughout the season.

“I always tell my patients to start making changes as soon as possible to avoid the fatigue and burnout that can happen when the time changes,” says Dean. “This is especially important for my patients managing chronic joint pain, so they can continue to maintain healthy lifestyles and enjoy everything about the new season.”

Here are the basic steps that Dr. Dean recommends taking now to get ahead of Fall Back Fatigue:

Adjust Your Sleep Schedule. It’s getting darker earlier, which means your body’s signals are going to change. You may notice that you’re feeling sleepy earlier in the day so you should adjust your schedule accordingly. Make small changes each day so you start your day a little earlier and then start unwinding and getting ready for bed a bit earlier. This way, you don’t have to fight your body’s natural urges to relax and recharge and you can return to getting 7-8 hours of restorative sleep.

Soak Up the Sun. The temperatures may be dropping but getting outside for some natural air and light is still key in keeping your internal clock in check. Try getting exposure to sunlight first thing in the morning by getting outside for a quick morning walk or sipping your morning coffee on the porch. If it’s too chilly to be out, try spending some time sitting by a window with open curtains.  

Keep Stress In Check. Time changes can cause stress due to fatigue and feeling like you are off your normal schedule. Give yourself some time and grace to adjust as needed by taking breaks to enjoy relaxing activities like meditation, gentle yoga, writing in a journal, or spending some time with loved ones.  

Watch What You Eat. It’s natural to gravitate towards comfort foods as the weather changes. While it’s OK to indulge every now and then, it’s important to stay on track with your diet goals by eating a balanced diet consisting of whole foods, lean proteins, and healthy fats. If you need some tips on enjoying traditional comfort foods with a lighter twist, check out our blog post with some of Dr. Dean’s favorite healthy comfort foods.

Celebrate the Season. Stay focused on all of the positive things ahead! The holidays are upon us which means quality time with our loved ones, joyous celebrations, and cozy nights in with family. Keeping your mental health in check is just as important as keeping your physical health in check, so if you feel like the seasonal changes are having a serious impact, talk with your doctor or health care professional about the best plan for you.

“Every season is a gift that we can cherish and enjoy with our friends and family,” says Dean. “That said, I always encourage my patients to prioritize their own self-care during the adjustment period so they can stay healthy, happy, with their joint pain management plan in check.:

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

Dr. Dean’s Favorite Fall Recipes

Happy senior couple cooking together in the kitchen

The fall season is upon us, which means cozy clothes, cozy spaces, and most importantly, cozy meals. Fall produce can be the perfect addition to your everyday favorites and elevate a dish in both a taste and health aspect!

Today we’re taking a peek into our founder Dr. Robert Dean’s fall favorites. All are sure to please and keep you feeling your best, especially for those looking to diet to help manage chronic joint pain.

“This is the perfect time of year to switch up your daily meal routine and incorporate seasonal vegetables and flavors to get the most out of fall,” says Dr. Dean. “Thankfully, you don’t have to sacrifice flavor to stay on track with your health. By selecting fresh produce, lean proteins, and other joint-healthy ingredients, you can still savor every bite!”

Sweet Potato Salad. Salads aren’t just reserved for the summer. This sweet potato salad is filled with inflammation fighters, deliciousness, and fall crops. The star of the dish, the sweet potato, is rich in antioxidants and anthocyanin, an anti-inflammatory phytonutrient. In addition to the sweet potato, the salad features healthy fat from avocado and dark leafy greens for inflammation prevention. We love this recipe from Love and Lemons.

Maple Pumpkin Oatmeal. Dr. Dean encourages healthy and balanced breakfasts to fuel up for the day ahead and this dish offers just that. The maple pumpkin oatmeal is essentially the taste of fall in a bowl with filling oats, pumpkin, and walnuts. The pumpkin puree in this recipe offers nutrients like vitamin C and beta carotene to reduce joint inflammation. While the added walnuts provide omega-3s to the dish. Snag Oat & Sesame’s full recipe here.

Turkey Chili. Something about chili just exudes fall energy. Bonus points for the fact that it is comprised of some power foods to keep you and your joints healthy and strong. With lean turkey, filling beans, and plenty of olive oil and garlic, this chili is the ideal meal to have simmering on your stove. Ambitious Kitchen’s Seriously, The Best Healthy Turkey Chili is one of our favorites. You can even top it with avocado for some added health benefits! 

Pasta e Fagioli. A simple and filling fall soup is an Italian classic, pasta e fagioli; meaning pasta and beans. This filling recipe leads with cannellini beans as the main ingredient and offers anti-inflammatory properties to the dish. You’ll also find more anti-inflammatory benefits from the garlic and onions in this satisfying recipe. Find the full recipe from Two Peas & Their Pod here.

No-Sugar-Added Oatmeal Cookies. We had to include a little something for your sweet tooth!With a base of whole grains and bananas and chopped dates for the perfect balance of sweetness, this recipe checks all the boxes. You’ll find these cookies by Eating Well are filled with whole ingredients and completely satisfying. 

If you are living with chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain that’s preventing you from daily tasks and activities, you can complete the form below to request your free consultation with Dr. Dean to see if you are a candidate for AROmotion, which has helped more than 2,000 patients stop their joint pain fast without surgery.

4 Ways to Combat Aging Anxiety

Happy older couple relaxing on the beach

Growing older can induce some anxiety, especially in a world where it sometimes seems like people are aging backward. Maybe another wrinkle appeared in the mirror or you’re unable to move as swiftly as you once did. However, aging is a gift. The aches and pains are merely a sign of your body carrying you through both the challenging and the fun.

While feeling the anxieties of getting older is completely normal, there are quite a few ways to feel more empowered and grateful for the process. After all, everyone gets older, but not everyone’s mindset is set to do it gracefully.

  • Keep moving. Regular activities such as walking, swimming, or yoga are great ways to keep you feeling your best. The gentle movements can help alleviate joint pain, keep your heart healthy and strong, and keep those endorphins up!
  • Fuel your body. Feel your best from the inside out by eating foods that make you feel good and balanced. Think of incorporating things like fresh, sweet fruits, hearty oatmeals, and crisp fresh veggies into your diet. Don’t forget to indulge occasionally, too! It’s good for the soul and if it’s dark chocolate, it’s good for the heart [1].
  • Focus on what you CAN do. It’s easy to feel down and out when you focus on the things you are no longer able to do. Instead of honing in on the fact that running a marathon is no longer in the cards, shift your mindset to focus on what you can do. Is that going on a mile morning walk with a good friend or being able to whip up a top-notch Thanksgiving dinner? Whatever you consider a win, focus on that. Be proud!
  • Acknowledge those feelings. We get it. Some days the feelings of anxiety or worry hit harder than others. Those feelings are valid and deserve to be acknowledged. Bottling it up will only make you hold onto those feelings longer. Talk to a friend or family member about how you’re feeling or take a stroll in the fresh air to help release those tense feelings. You’ll be in a better position to move forward and focus on what you can control.

There is no doubt that the aging process is one that can leave you feeling anxious, however, we hope these four tips will help you navigate the process a little better. Keep moving, stay strong, and remember all that you are capable of doing. 

If chronic knee, hip, or shoulder pain is adding to your aging anxiety, AROmotion may be able to help.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for our minimally invasive procedure that stops joint pain fast with effective and lasting results.

5 Ideas to Get Moving Now

Man overlooking water on bike

When it comes to joint pain, the discomfort may leave you wanting to do anything but move. However, that may do more harm than good. Managing discomfort can be as easy as daily movements and low-impact exercises. Shown to be beneficial in both prevention and recovery, movement can come in all kinds of forms. Not sure where to start? We have five ideas to get you up and moving ASAP.

Walking. Not only is walking a great way to get around and explore your neighborhood, but it’s also a great way to keep your body moving and keeping discomfort at bay. You can even mix walking into the beginning of your workout routine to warm up. This can reduce potential muscle soreness and prevent injuries.  

Swimming. Did you know that when in the water a majority of your body weight is supported? Due to this, it allows you to move in ways you may find uncomfortable outside of the pool. Water activities such as swimming, water aerobics, and water jogging give you the ability to move with ease and strengthen the areas around your joints. [1]

Yoga. Take it to the mat for pain relief. It’s no secret that yoga has many benefits when it comes to alleviating stress and strengthening the body. Overall, the gentle flows and movements are known for being easy on the joints [2]. Given the variety of yoga styles, there are plenty that can play a role in helping keep joint pain in check by strengthening and improving flexibility.

Cycling. Another way to get out and explore the world, all while staying in motion! If you’re someone that is looking for a little more from your movements, cycling may be for you. With the ability to adjust the intensity, you can ensure you’re working at your pace and comfort level [3]. Whether that’s cycling outdoors or pedaling it out on a stationary bike, you’re bound to reap the benefits of strength training and limiting discomfort.

Stretching. An easy way to get started is to incorporate stretching into your daily routine. While you may not think stretching can prevent and alleviate discomfort, a variety of dynamic and static stretches can make all the difference.

Regardless of how you decide to move, it is encouraged to warm up and cool down to prevent injuries.  Be sure to consult with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine to ensure what route is best for you.

If knee, hip, or shoulder pain is stopping you from enjoying your favorite exercises or activities, AROmotion may be able to help.  Contact us today to schedule a free consultation to find out if you are a candidate for our non-surgical orthopedic procedure that stops joint pain fast with effective and lasting results.