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The Family's Entertaining Guide to Fighting Inflammation: Fun and Effective Techniques to Try

pain and inflammation May 10, 2023

Transitioning my family to eat more anti-inflammatory foods is quite a task to take on mentally. And fitting in time to exercise as a busy mom is not so fun to incorporate either. BUT, we know it's important to do what it takes to reduce inflammation so we don't experience mom burnout, we have less fatigue and more energy to be present for our kids. We can work more productively and take on daily tasks without feeling overwhelmed.  

When you're feeling those aches and pains and just a little bloated, are you dreading another anti-inflammatory diet or workout routine? It’s time to switch to a more entertaining approach to fighting inflammation. I've compiled a list of fun and effective techniques to try that benefit your health and provide a change of pace in your routine. So let's add some enjoyment to your anti-inflammatory routine and see how it can benefit you and your family!


Dance Workouts

If dancing is more your style, you're in luck. Dance workouts are a fantastic way to increase your heart rate while having fun and relieving stress. From Zumba to hip-hop, there are endless options to choose from. I love to play our favorite morning music to help get the kids up. We dance around the room as we get ready for the day. Nothing like a fun dance-off to start the day off right! Not only does dancing help reduce inflammation, but it also improves coordination, balance, and flexibility. And unlike traditional workouts, dance workouts allow you to express yourself and let loose. 


Cooking Classes

If cooking is more up your alley, consider taking a cooking class. Learning new recipes and techniques can be an enjoyable way to incorporate anti-inflammatory foods into your diet and expand your culinary skills. Not only that, learning new things challenges your brain to create new skills, which is beneficial for brain health. Cooking with others can be a social and rewarding experience, which also boosts happy hormones that promote health and well-being. When you learn those new skills, bring them home for the whole family to try! Experiencing new things as a family encourages kids to be brave and try new things also. 


Laughter Yoga

After spending time in the kitchen, it's essential to take a break and relieve stress. That's where laughter yoga comes in! This unique form of yoga combines deep breathing exercises with laughter to create a fun and uplifting experience. The philosophy behind laughter yoga is that anyone can laugh without reason, and doing so can help boost mood, oxygenate the body, and release tension.

Laughter yoga classes typically involve group activities such as playful exercises, games, and imaginary scenarios that encourage laughter and playfulness. Not only is it a fun way to de-stress, but it also has potential health benefits such as lowering blood pressure and decreasing inflammation in the body. 

This is such a fun activity to do with kids. You'll find that they have an amazing and wild sense of humor and imagination when given the chance. Reducing inflammation while bonding with family sounds like a great deal! 


Outdoor Adventures

After a laughter yoga session, you may feel more alive and in tune with your body than ever before. Let's take advantage of this newfound energy and explore the great outdoors! Outdoor activities are an excellent way to incorporate low-impact movement into your anti-inflammatory lifestyle. Hiking, swimming, kayaking, and even bird-watching are all great options to enjoy nature while simultaneously reducing inflammation in the body. Moving your body in a natural setting also has the added benefit of promoting a sense of calm and well-being.

Being outdoors is also a great learning opportunity for kids to explore and see new things. When parents set a positive example of living an anti-inflammatory lifestyle, kids will hold on to these habits and grow up strong and healthy, too!


Meditation and Mindfulness

After a day spent exploring and moving, take some time to wind down with meditation and mindfulness practices. These techniques can help reduce the physical and mental symptoms of inflammation. Meditation involves focusing your attention on a particular object or activity, such as your breath or a mantra, to cultivate a sense of calm and relaxation. On the other hand, mindfulness involves being fully present at the moment and aware of your thoughts and emotions without judgment. Both practices can help reduce stress and anxiety, significantly contributing to inflammation.


Massage Therapy

With your mind and body relaxed, it's the perfect time to indulge in a soothing massage. Massage therapy can help reduce inflammation by improving circulation and promoting the release of endorphins, which can reduce pain and inflammation in the body. 

After a long day at work or a strenuous workout, your muscles may be sore and inflamed. While rest and recovery are essential, massage therapy is another way to ease the pain and reduce inflammation.

Aside from feeling amazing, massages can have numerous health benefits, such as reducing stress and anxiety, improving sleep quality, and promoting muscle recovery.

But did you know that massages can also help reduce inflammation?

Studies show that massage therapy can increase blood flow to targeted areas, reducing inflammation and pain. By applying pressure to specific muscles and tissues, massage can also stimulate the release of endorphins, natural painkillers that can reduce inflammation in the body.

Regular massages can be an effective and enjoyable way to manage symptoms for those dealing with chronic inflammation. Whether you opt for a Swedish massage or deep tissue work, be sure to communicate with your massage therapist about your specific needs and concerns.

Incorporating massage therapy into your anti-inflammatory lifestyle can be an excellent way to relax and promote healing. 


So what do you say, moms? Ready to incorporate these fun techniques that reduce inflammation for your whole family? 

Incorporating anti-inflammatory techniques into your lifestyle doesn't have to be a chore. The key is finding ways to make it enjoyable. From dance workouts to outdoor adventures, numerous fun and effective techniques exist. By reducing inflammation in your body through these activities, you can promote overall health and well-being. So take a chance and try something new. You might be surprised at how much you enjoy it! As the saying goes, "Life is short, dance often" - so why not enjoy the journey to better health?


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