8 NATURAL WAYS TO STAVE OFF ACHES AND PAINS
8 NATURAL WAYS TO STAVE OFF ACHES AND PAINS
Plus what I learned from a 70 Year Old Scottish Man that beats up on me
As I enter my fifties, I find myself at times feeling a bit like the tin man from the Wizard of Oz! I just feel more stiff and creaky. One good thing that I do is I play squash. I love it. It’s an amazing workout. One of the amazing things about the squash club here in Salt Lake City is that there are several people that are into their 70’s that play at a high level. In fact, on man that I play on a regular basis is a Scottish man named Michael King who regularly out hustles me on the court! He runs around like a 40 year old and can beat me on a regular basis. It is quite astonishing actually. He takes great care of himself. Many of these older gents at the club are remarkably young in how they can still use their body in physical activity! Yet, I also come across people in my daily walk of life that are in their 50’s and 60’s that can hardly get around.
People like Michael King inspire me to age being able to keep active. That said, it is quite common for people to start feeling aches and pains as they get older. Sometimes for no apparent reason at all! Our bodies just do not respond like they used to. Below are some simple tips that I have found help feel better, younger and more flexible. These are things that I do on a regular basis and they REALLY HELP!
1) STRETCH: Do yoga or even simple stretching morning and night. I find that if you can create a simple stretching routine and do it a few times a day you will be amazed at how much it helps. Stop during your workday and find a place to just stretch out your back, your legs and shoulders. Analyze your body and FEEL where it seems tight and blocked. Then stretch those areas out.
2) WATER: Can’t say enough about this one. Probably the most important thing we can do for our health and well being. Drink lots of water. Close to a gallon a day if possible. Think of an old stick off a tree… how it gets stiff and brittle. But, soak it in water, and it can become more pliable. Water keeps our muscles and tissues flexible and hydrated.
3) MINERALS: Minerals are essential for the workings of our muscles and building of our bones. I recall years ago my legs ached all the time. They just hurt. Until someone told me about calcium and magnesium. I started taking supplements for these and the pains went away! I realized then how critical minerals were. You may want to consider taking a good CAL/MAG supplement along with trace minerals.
4) MASSAGE: I’m a huge fan of massage. There are times when your body just needs someone to work out the knots. I try to get at least one a month. Sometimes I trade with a friend. Even a few minutes of massage can help!
5) MSM: If you haven’t heard of MSM don’t feel alone. Most people don’t know much about this powerful supplement. It is basically “sulfur”. Its real name is “METHYLSULFONYLMETHANE”. Note the SULFO in the middle of that big ol name. It is the best silver bullet to removing stiffness and aches I have come across. I’m going to do a specific blog on this topic alone, and will later share where I think the best place to buy it is. But for now, you can get it at most health food stores.
6) EXERCISE: Moderate exercise really does help you feel better. Truly it does! Now you can overdo it, and then feel worse! But, walking, moderate weight lifting, and some aerobic movement can do wonders to bring oxygen and nutrients through your body.
7) HOT BATHS, SAUNAS AND STEAMS: This is sort of a luxury, but when you can do these things, it really can help! I’m a big fan of saunas and heating up the body to help loosen up the muscles. It also can cause us to sweat out impurities. I have a friend who spent a couple years in Finland and it is fascinating to hear his stories of how almost EVERYONE in Finland saunas. When he lived there he felt amazing. They sauna every single day! Made me want to move to Finland (but I don’t think I could deal with the cold and dark winters!).
8) DIET: This is a critical one. What are we eating to make us feel bad? I am convinced sugar, white flour, bad fats, alcohol, smoking and junky foods can age us and make us feel like garbage faster than anything. Cut out the junk and really look at what you are eating. Sadly, these days, we also have to look at gluten sensitivities also. If you really keep hurting and don’t feel well, it may be wise to figure out if it is the FOOD that is causing the problem. I know many people who felt yucky but figured out what foods were causing the inflammation and cut those items out.
So there is my short list of ways to feel better. It is actually a pretty long list… but . I hope this helps. Feel free to comment if you have any ideas that have helped you!