If any time of year is going to test your strength and stamina, it’s going to be the school holidays. Trying to keep up with the kids and join in with all of their running around and activities isn’t easy! It will certainly show you up if you haven’t been taking care of your fitness levels lately. Even so, kids have more energy, so they are easily going to run circles around you!
What might be particularly bothersome is just how achy you feel after a few minutes of football or swingball with them in the garden. Your knees and feet might be feeling the brunt of it. Usually, this can occur because you’re simply not used to moving in that way. To avoid it happening, spend some time stretching and warming up the body before getting involved in the activity. When you’re finished, drink some water, and repeat all those stretches again. Another stretch later in the evening can help too.
Of course, it’s not just the activities with kids that might be leading to aches and pains. By the end of your thirties and into your early forties, the body simply isn’t as elastic as it once was. You can see some of that evidence on your face with the fine lines and odd wrinkle. Try to keep your exercise levels up to reduce that feeling of fatigue in your muscles. As for aching joints, they say omega 3 fish oils can help. Use them all in their full range of motion every day. Stretches are ideal for this.
Aches and pains
Other pains that won’t quit aren’t necessarily a sign of ageing. Pains in the wrists and hands can occur at any age, especially if you perform repetitive tasks like typing all day every day. Arthritis can sometimes be identified by the extra heat and fluid around the joint. Only your doctor can make a diagnosis. There are other pains that can occur in adulthood too, for example Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Those ‘regular’ aches and pains we women suffer can also worsen or change as we get older. They’re not necessarily a sign of ageing, but simply your body’s hormone levels changing during the course of the month. Some say it changes the longer it has been since you were last pregnant. None of this is necessarily anything to do with impending menopause, but if you are concerned, it is important to speak to your doctor. Try my tips for dealing with period pain.
Perhaps one of the worst aches you can suffer is a backache. Children, adults, and seniors can all suffer from backache if the posture is not corrected or supported. Activities like yoga and pilates can strengthen the core and the other supporting muscles for the spine. Practice correcting your posture if you find yourself slouching or slumping and encourage your kids to stand up straight too. Dance classes, gymnastics, and martial arts can help improve their posture well.
Are you finding life is full of aches and pains these days?