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Maintaining Your Activity Level

It's true that chronic pain often keeps people from increasing their activity level. However, many people are pleased to learn that, with some careful planning, they can maintain their current level of physical activity. Don't know where to start? Try prioritizing the activities that bring you the most meaning, getting your medications under control, and having an honest conversation with your doctor.


Aim for Maintenance

If you have chronic pain, you've probably heard many times that physical activity is important. But if the mere thought of increasing your physical activity makes you shudder in pain, try focusing on simply maintaining your current activity level. It's a small goal, but it's a goal that will help you maintain your quality of life.

Focus on the Essentials

Take time to think about your current essential day-to-day physical activities that may be threatened by your chronic pain in the future. Perhaps it is important for you to be able to continue to get in and out of the bathtub or shower safely. Maybe the ability to play with your kids or grandkids is essential.
Think about it, and make a list. Bring the list with you to your doctor appointments and physical therapy appointments, if applicable. Have an honest conversation with your healthcare provider about ways to preserve your ability to complete your essential physical tasks.
Perhaps a bit of renovation may be in order, such as installing a safety bar in the tub or shower. Perhaps your pain medication regimen may need to be tweaked a bit to allow you to continue playing with your kids or grandkids.

A Modern Life of Ease

Don't misunderstand us -- we're just as grateful as everyone else for necessities and luxuries such as clean running water, wireless printing, and takeout. But be careful when making changes or buying products or services to add to your ease. You'll slowly but surely reduce your physical activity level. For instance, the latest gadget that will automatically clean your floors may make your life easier, but by using it you'll no longer need to perform the physical task of cleaning the floors yourself.
If a product or service will actually be helpful and will reduce pain (such as a gadget to help you open jars), go for it. But think twice, and consider how the purchase will affect your activity level.
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