If I have learned one thing battling injuries the past year, it is the ability to distinguish between “sore pain that is okay” and “hurt pain.” I am one of those weird people that thinks sore is (sometimes) a good feeling, but I think we can all agree that pain is never a good thing. I am all about treating pain without popping pills. I would far rather ice, roll, compress and wear odd looking recovery gear in an effort to avoid the Advil bottle. I am also all about preventing pain whenever possible.
That said, I was excited to be asked to test out BackJoy’s Sit Smart Posture Plus and take the #PainFreePledge. I am extremely grateful that I have never had severe back pain or issues, but I also realize that I repeatedly ask a lot of my back (particularly with my lifting) and it is so important to take care of it and have as strong of a back as possible. According to the BackJoy website:
“BackJoy SitSmart is an innovative sitting device that naturally relieves back pain by optimizing your sitting posture.
Its patented design works by tilting your hips upright and comfortably “floating” your spine over the seat. Crafted from a durable, flexible proprietary material base, it supports you in optimal posture, yet reacts to every move you make.
The Posture Plus style features a comfortable, durable material on the top that is completely weatherproof for indoor or outdoor use. It fits adults 100-300 lbs.”
I am fortunate that my work does not force me to sit all day. However, many times it ends up being much of the day. I get my gym hour in and then head home to sit at my desk. I do not sit like a normal person. I am often found sitting with my legs criss-crossed or some other odd position. I want to sit better. (Says me as I sit hunched over typing this post…) I have thought about trying different chairs or even a med ball, but just have never done it. I am excited to try out the Sit Smart Posture Plus and will be sure to let you know how it goes.
I wanted to share this sooner rather than later though so that YOU can get entered for some great free products from BackJoy as well. If you head over to facebook you can sign up for their #PainFreePledge and be entered to win an awesome prize pack. Make sure to enter by October 15th!
The #PainFreePledge requires you to choose one of ten ways you can help to reduce or eliminate pain. While there were several great options on there, I pledged to focus on incorporating anti-inflammatory foods into my diet. I figure this can not only help prevent future pain, but also help with the pain I do have (even if it’s not in my back).
Did you know what you eat can effect your pain?
There are several foods known to help with inflammation (which can cause pain…). They include:
Fatty Fish – I have to admit, I just do not like fish. I can’t do this one. I just can’t. I try to overcome this by taking Omega-3 supplements, but I know this is not as good as the real deal. If you like fish, run with this one!
Whole Grains – I was excited about this one because this is a staple of my diet. Studies have shown that the fiber in whole grains may lower the body’s levels of C-reactive protein (a marker of inflammation in the blood). Make sure to be a label reader though. Many foods now are packaged to say “whole grain” but may only contain a very small portion of whole grains. It should be the first ingredient (and in most cases, the only one.).
Dark Leafy Greens – Studies have shown that the vitamin E in foods such as spinach, kale, broccoli and collard greens play a large role in protecting our body from pro-inflammatory molecules.
Nuts – Almonds and walnuts are supposed to be especially good. Nuts contain many of the nutrients I have already mentioned above such as omega-3 fats and vitamin E and can help repair the body.
Tart Cherries – I have personally tried this in a juice form, but you can also get dried tart cherries. These are supposed to not only reduce inflammation, but also aid in athletic recovery. According to choosecherries.com:
“The pain associated with exercise involves muscle damage, inflammation and oxidative stress. Tart cherries seem to help with all three due to the concentrated amounts of anthocyanins inside.”
Berries – Especially blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. These berries contain something called polyphenois. Huh? Yeah, I don’t know exactly what that is either, but I do know they inflammation dampening and occur in these awesome fruits.
These are just a few examples of ways you can fight inflammation through diet. I encourage you to try to incorporate a few more of these into your lifestyle if you aren’t already. The awesome thing about this list is that all these foods have a laundry list of healthy properties – reducing inflammation is just a tiny bit of what they do for our bodies.
Do you notice a difference in how your body feels when you are eating nutrient rich foods? Did you take the #PainFreePledge?