Tips to Keep Moving This Summer (Plus Giveaway) #Advil12Hour #ad

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Running isn’t something I do (almost) every day because I love it (because trust me, I don’t). It’s something I do because I know if I stop I will have a hard time starting again and for me, that’s not acceptable.

Let me explain. When I was younger, I could take an entire season off of exercise and then just jump back into sports with no trouble at all. And then the 4-0 hit and everything changed (boo-hiss) and suddenly, even taking a week off of activity put me back at square one.

With an active daughter and a lot more active living to do, that wasn’t an option. So I decided that I would not, could not, take extended breaks from my running routine. It just wasn’t worth the effort it took to recover from a fitness hiatus.

I knew if I wanted to be able to hike, bike, travel, swim, paddle, and just generally be able to keep up with my active 12-year-old, I had to stay in shape and the easiest way to do that was not skipping out on my trail running routine just because I was feeling tired or achy.

That meant accepting that some days were better than others. It meant allowing myself to run painfully slow if it meant I was still getting out there and running. And it also meant managing pain and injury in order to avoid extended breaks that would set me back.

So when Advil® 12 Hour asked me to share some Keep Moving tips, I was excited because as you know, I have opinions!

Tips on How to Keep Moving

Stay Active No Matter What – Cut short, slow down or change it up, but don’t stop! When body pain has me thinking of skipping my exercise routine, I try low-impact activities like walking, yoga, swimming or biking to keep my momentum going!

Maintain Your Muscles – If you are feeling those twinges, get it checked out! In my experience, a quick visit to a family doctor, or if you prefer, physiotherapist could help prevent any minor injuries from turning into major ones.

Stretch Regularly – I always take the time to properly stretch AFTER activity, never before. I feel that stretching after activity while my muscles are still warm allows me to maintain the proper range of motion, which is critical for keeping moving.

Change It Up – I always give my hard working muscles a break by switching to a different activity from time to time. If you are a runner, switch to biking or swimming. If you play sports, take a break and go for a hike. Whatever you do, just remember to keep moving.

Build a Support Network – Some things that I find keep me more active and accountable are joining a gym, signing up for a fitness class, making a pact with my besties, or tracking my steps using a FitBit (and don’t forget to enable the friend feature). Knowing other people are watching my progress helps me stay on track!

Get Relief – If you push yourself a little too much one day, alternating hot and cold packs to can help relax tight muscles and reduce inflammation and pain, or try a non-prescription pain reliever, like Advil 12 Hour.

These tips are suggestions and do not replace medical advice. Please speak with your health care provider for medical advice.

About Advil 12 Hour

Advil 12 Hour is an option from the Advil brand for Canadians looking to replace their pain reliever with one convenient pill to manage their long-lasting body, joint and muscle pain. Just one pill keeps working for up to 12 hours, to help relieve Canadians’ long-lasting pain so they can accomplish all they want to.

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This summer, just one Advil 12 Hour pill can help Canadians stay active by providing fast-acting plus long-lasting relief of muscle, back, joint and arthritis pain, so they can enjoy the summer activities they love.

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You can find Advil 12 Hour in your local pharmacy. Always read and follow the label or speak with your doctor to ensure Advil 12 Hour is right for you.

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Carla Young, momeomagazine.com Publisher If there’s living proof that women can have it all – and then some – it’s Carla Young. Building her multiple businesses on a virtual work-at-home model, Carla is an inspiration to other mothers who want to start a lifestyle business. During her early days as a mom entrepreneur, Carla made every single mistake in the book (and a few new ones for good measure). Realizing that “doing it all” was unhealthy and unsustainable, Carla started by getting organized to the extreme, developing support systems for both her work and family. After other mothers started asking how they too could enjoy her lifestyle, Carla launched momeomagazine.com to support moms at work, at home and at play (because every mommy deserves a little me-time)!

289 Comments

  1. I need to be accountable for my health. Exercise more drop some weight and help keep my heart healthy.
    I know a fit bit would help me as I would compete against myself and have a yoga mat to help stretch out and do yoga and meditation. And it would be a good birthday gift for me.

  2. On days when joint pain holds me back it prevents me from getting out for walks with my camera to take pictures of our local nature and wildlife. Trying to get the best shot requires lots of getting up and down and twisting and turning to get the right angle. Carrying a camera with a long zoom can get heavy on your wrists and cause neck and shoulder strain. Even if you are feeling okay when heading out fatigue can set in shortly after setting out for a day of photography so long lasting pain relief is a must to enjoy my favourite hobby!

  3. Darlene Schuller on

    I would definiately do more hiking, biking… I’ve always enjoyed those but at 46 im feeling it.

  4. I would go for a long bike ride around where I live to see the world from a different view then from just my car

  5. Rainelda Gibbs on

    I was diagnose with a rare neuroimmune disease called Transverse Myelitis. I developed partial paralysis on my Right leg and was able to recover although with a limp. This disease is associated with pain and inflammation. When pain hits me, Advil is my solution for pain due to inflammation. I also do walking and stretching exercises such as Tai chi for strength and balance. I always pary for the day that I will able to walk properly again.

  6. I would get up early and go for an 8km run before the temperature got too high. After showering I would play golf with my great group of ladies. I’d eat a healthy meal with my husband and in the evening we would hike to the park with our grandkids and play “follow-the-leader” on the playground equipment to train for an Obstacle Course Race. Just before bed, it would be time for some yoga to stretch and relax. I can do two or three of these activities in a typical day, but with Advil 12 hour i could do them all!

  7. Edwina Donovan on

    I suffer from Crohns and Colitis so always have lots of pain..Would love to be able to run again.

  8. I would spend an active summer day at the beach. Playing the water, beach combing and digging clams at low tide.

  9. I’d spend it just like today, a 5k run for a good cause like helping kids with cardiac problems, then find a nice trail on the way home and enjoy a light jog with just me and nature. Perfect!

  10. Put on my pack, and get out for a nice long trail run and hike. 8 hours in the mountains would be the BEST resest EVER!

  11. I would go to the gym and work out, run on treadmill or just go for a long walk in the neighbourhood.

  12. I love spending time outdoors and running around with my family!! When I need quiet time, yoga is the best!!!

  13. no pain…i would finish painting ny hallway i started 3 years ago, then clean the whole house, reorganize my garage…oh my what a list

  14. I have 2 herniated disks which sometimes prevents the long hikes I enjoy. Algonquin being one of my favourite places (I visit multiple times a year). As much as I try to walk longer back pain tends to creep in.

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