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.
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.
Ibuprofen, the active ingredient in all Advil products, has been clinically proven to relieve pain from inflammation. Canadians trust the effectiveness of Advil as a non-prescription pain reliever. Advil 12 Hour’s effective immediate release/extended release formula works to relieve pain with a quick-dissolving layer for pain relief that’s fast and an extended release layer for relief that lasts.
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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This post is sponsored by Advil 12 Hour, but the opinions are my own.