Chronic pain—pain that lasts 12 weeks or more—can get in the way of a lot, including physical activity. But while exercise may be the last thing on your mind when you’re hurting, research shows it can decrease pain, stress, and fatigue, and improve physical function. Safely and gradually increasing movement—with activities like Pilates, yoga, walking, and strength training—is a crucial part of chronic pain treatment and management. Here we break down tips for exercising with chronic pain and exercises that’ll help get you moving and relieve daily discomfort.
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