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If you have a chronic illness or recurring injuries see your doctor before starting any new exercise program. Here's a few tips for exercising and knowing your limits.

Chronic illness or recurring injuries can make it hard to get into physical activity. If you have an illness or you are injured, see your doctor before you start any new exercise program to find out how to exercise right for your body.

Here are a few tips for exercising and knowing your limits.

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Good pain, bad pain and when to stop

Being physically active is good for you, but if it starts to hurt, how do you know when to keep pushing through the discomfort and when to stop immediately?

Find the difference between pain and discomfort

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Pain management and pacing

Using a ‘paced’ approach can help you break everyday activities and exercise into smaller bits to get you moving and keep you moving.

How to pace your exercise

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Low impact activities

Interested in low impact exercise? Try something from this list!

Unexpected low impact activity ideas

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Some benefits of this relaxation technique include: improved focus and working memory; reduced stress, depression and anxiety; and improved immune function.

Mindfulness benefits and practice

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Reviewed on: 09-04-2021