Adam Ridgewell: Aches and pains are experienced by most of us who bear weight through our feet, and that’s most of us – the whole population of the planet Earth. We’re bound to the Earth by gravity so as soon as we learn how to walk, we start this process, this degeneration of the tissues of our body. It can be totally prevented and slowed right down by exercising, stretching, diet and exercise. Doing all of those four things correctly – there’s a lot of people out there doing those things incorrectly and are actually adding more stress to the tissues. But aches and pains, unless you haven’t played your hockey match in five or six months or you haven’t been to the gym in five or six months, you’re probably going to feel stiff and sore the next day. Nothing that some stretching and a hot shower won’t get rid of. As soon as you get back into the activity, you’ll be fine.
If it’s something that’s happened very suddenly and it’s not the flu and no one around you has the flu, then you might want to visit your doctor just in case there’s something sinister going on. But most aches and pains are basically from not moving, so again, movement is key so you’ve got to get some stretching done throughout the day even whilst you’re working – a couple of hours here and there won’t hurt.
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