Newsflash: joint pain from running is not normal!
Joint pain can start for many different reasons, including trauma, overuse, muscle imbalances, poor running form, or even worn out shoes. Regardless of the reason for your pain, there is inflammation in the tissues surrounding the joint, which is what is causing you to experience discomfort. The origin of your pain should be addressed by a health care professional (such as a physiotherapist), but it is also important to consider other reasons why there is inflammation in the joint.
Your lifestyle choices (think food, sleep, stress & toxin exposures) contribute to the overall inflammation in the body. In other words, the things you do each day are going to have a major impact on the amount of inflammation and pain you experience. Who knew that your normal routine could be making your knee pain worse?
If you’re ready to kick your knee pain to the curb, it’s time to look at how you live your life each day. Small changes can go a long way!
Choose to eat whole foods as much as possible (i.e. not from a box)
Eat organic foods (especially those on the dirty dozen)
Make more meals at home so you have control over the quality of the foods you consume.
Shut off all devices at least 1 hour before bed
Follow a consistent sleep schedule by going to bed and getting up at the same time each day (yes, even on the weekends!)
Choose a relaxing activity to take part in each evening before bed
Cuddling with pets
If you’re ready to say good-bye to joint pain and take your performance to the next level, it’s time to speak with a health coach!