The reason for doing physical exercise may seem very apparent.  But believe it or not there exist a few different reasons for exercise.  What is important to one person may have little or no significance to another.

Glory, excitement, and a high level of competive sports performance is of course what drives an athlete.  And there are a lot of recreational fitness enthusiast that also share in that endorphin rush.

Beauty and physical attractivenes are probably also high on the list for many of us espcially actors, models, young adults, presenters, and public figures.

Then of course there is the motivation of trying to reduce life threatening and / or life quality diminshing risk factors.  Obesity and especially abdominial obesity may pre-dispose one to a number of unfavorable chronic ailments and diseases. Even sedentary individuals that are within their recommended weight range may suffer from a lack of adequate movement.

Yes physical exercise has many benefits.  But what happens when ones suffers from an injury or is stricken with chronic joint or muscular pain.  Should that person exercise?  The first thing that a person in pain should do is consult with their physician. Usually at some point however depending on the specific nature and severity of the problem some form of exercise is going to be important.  Muscles need to be regularly stimulated and exercised even when it means that a doctor or therapist will stimulate or move them for you.

Many people find themselves experiencing unnecessary levels of muscular pain while just doing their normal home, work, or recreational sports activities.  Even though some have given up and accepted this as normal it doesn’t neccesarily have to be.  Dehydration, a lack of rest, excessive exercise frequency or intensity, and a number of other factors can effect our muscular comfort level.  The good news is that we have  a high level of control over many of the things that cause us physical discomfort. 

There are a number of posture improving, muscle strengthening exercises that can help reduce muscular  pain.  Many stretching exercises can also play a huge part in relieving or lessening joint and muscle soreness.  I believe that most people that I have known would definitely benefit from adding a stretching program or improving their existing one.

Runners and cyclist will sometimes experience pain in their knee and down the side of their leg.  Among other possible  causes this can at times be related to an inflamed IT band.  Rest, ice, targeted stretching, therapuetic massage, and the foam roller (self massage) can sometimes make a huge difference in the recovery from IT band irritation.

Reciprocal Energy Fitness is a balanced program that focuses on appropriate levels of cardio competency, strong muscles, and healthy levels of joint and muscular flexibility.

Skip Hicks

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Founder and Director of the Reciprocal Energy Fitness Program