Your doctor can advise you on the best activities for your chronic musculoskeletal pain (CMP), but most pain-management exercise programs include this combination:
- Low-impact aerobic workouts. In one study, people with knee osteoarthritis who participated in a walking program felt less pain after just eight weeks. (Use these pointers to make your walks pain free.) Other pain-friendly aerobic options include cycling and swimming.
- Stretching. Studies have found practicing yoga and tai chi, both forms of exercise that enhance flexibility and range of motion, can help soothe pain.
- Resistance training. This kind of workout builds joint-supporting muscles to help reduce chronic pain. Your doctor or physical therapist may tell you to build muscle using weights, resistance bands, water exercises, or even your own body weight.