What to do if you have aches and pains in your body…

My job is very physically demanding and hard on the body. We lift human beings, and some a not light. If you do it wrong, you can get hurt. Sometimes they move when we are transferring them.

I have a family history of arthritis. I can have achy muscles and joints.

Here are a few things that I do for pain, and some things that you can do as well.

Disclosure: You should always consult your doctor, and not replace any advice with doctors.

I use a foot spa machine, that has bubbles, and I put epsom salt in it, and soak my feet, and let the machine do its work. I love it for my aching feet. I walk all day long. I walk on average 6 miles at work.

See here I am sitting and blogging as we speak, with my feet in the foot spa machine:

I also use insoles for my shoes. It makes a huge difference.

I have a massage chair. I bought it on Ebay, 5 years ago, for around $400. It helps a lot! I would imagine that I would be in a lot more pain without it!

I’m sure these neck, and foot massagers would be great, but I haven’t been able to buy them yet:

Soak your bones in the hot tub or in the bath at home with epsom salt! Heat opens up the blood vessels which brings more blood to the area, which relieves pain!

Brown and White Hot Tub

Eat a healthy diet. Junk food causes inflammation!

Healthy Food Selection with Vegetables on Chopping Board

Streching works wonders for pain! I use a stretch band for my legs and back, and I do some other stretches.

Young Woman in Sportswear Stretching at the Stadium

Lifting weights is great! It makes your muscles stronger and helps you avoid injury. Being active or doing cardio is helpful as well.

If need be, always consult your doctor if you have health problems before you start a new exercise.

Those are tips that I have to manage my pain from my job.

Hope these are helpful.

Thanks for reading.

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Oh my goodness, ouch!

I’ve gained 30 pounds while we were on lockdown during Covid. I mean the gyms and the rec center, let alone anything was opened. I couldn’t even go hiking. I got lazy, and got some well deserved rest. I mean my life is hectic. It was a nice break.

I’m 200 pounds and not happy about it.

I’ve changed my eating habits recently, and I started working out almost every day.

When I had my second born, I lost 80 pounds after she was born. I was only 25 years old. I just threw myself into working out and it didn’t phase me. I told myself that I needed to do this. I just started jogging, and doing intense cardio. I was motivated then, and I am motivated now.

Here is the catch. I am nearly 40 years old! Things are not the same! I am also a caregiver in assited living, and I have to lift these residents. One weights as much as I do. It’s doing a number on my body. Also arthritis runs in my family. My Mom is in her 60’s, and she is almost crippled by it.

So this morning my leg had a horrific pain, on the top of my thigh. It wasn’t a cramp, I probably pulled a muscle. I stretched it out. I never had pain like this in my life. I couldn’t believe it, I guess I thought I was invisible. I have a high pain tolerance. It takes a lot for me to complain. This pain was comparable to child birth. I made it to 7 cm dilated, before I had an epidural and my husband said I didn’t show any sign of pain. I also got ran over by a truck on my knee when I was 11. I am tough, and really don’t complain. But today, I couldn’t believe how painful!

I definitely have the motivation to work out and lose weight, but I need to ease into it. I need to remember to warm up, cool down and stretch. I am not a Spring chicken anymore. I am a busy working Mom, and I have a hard time fitting a workout into my schedual, so I just do my workout in a hurry. I am going to have to have a different approach before I end up hurt and not able to work. I cannot afford that.

Importance of warming up before you work out: Not warming up your muscles before you workout leads to a sports injury which includes, sprains, and bruises. Start slow when warming up and then increase the intensity. Examples of warming up are marching or taking a 5-10 minuets brisk walk. A warm up gets your blood flowing to your muscles and gets you ready to work out. It also prevents muscle soreness, and injury.

Cool down: Cooling down helps your body recover from the work out. To cool down, you can walk slowly, or exercise slowly for 10 minuets.

Stretching: Stretching is very beneficial. I have back pain, and stretching helps so much. I believe I wouldn’t even be employed at my job, if I didn’t stretch. Stretching keeps your muscles flexible. It also increases the movement of your muscles. It brings blood flow to the muscles, decreases tightness, and decreases sports injury.

This little bump in the road is not going to stop me from losing weight, and being heathier.