Two summers ago, I was laid up with a cast. Leave it to me. On the first day of spring, I slipped on a patch of black ice, and two seconds later, my leg was smashed and so was my summer. It was a brutal way to spend the warmest days of the year: lying around missing out on all the summer fun. Flash forward a couple of years after a ton of physio, slow walking and exercise designed to strengthen my bones, muscles and joints, I’m almost all better. Let’s call me a 95% version of my former active self—but I’m getting there.

The saddest part about being stationary for too long is that you start to forget just how it exhilarating it feels to move. You’ll give anything to walk, to run, to spin, to do cartwheels; whatever it takes to get your heart pumping again. That’s why this year, my number one priority is lifting my butt up and out of my house. Enough spending my days sitting on it, typing behind a screen. Enough spending my nights lying on it, binge watching behind a screen. Now that summer is back, I’m taking full advantage of the hours that stretch ahead, and I’ll do whatever it takes to work out the kinks in my bod.

How to Get Rid of Aches and Pains for 12 Hours StraightWhere do I start? For one, I’m getting back on my bike and spinning around the ‘hood like a kid with the wind in my hair. I’m also getting out in the kayak and building on what I refer to as my tank top arms. Oh, and I’ll be getting out of the hot tub and into the pool to kick these legs into shape.

But first, I have to make sure I’ve got my aches and pains under control. And for that, Advil® 12 Hour is my go-to.

Why We Love Advil 12 Hour

How to Get Rid of Aches and Pains for 12 Hours StraightAccording to medical experts, long-lasting body pain may be more common as we get older, but it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying life and accomplishing all we want to. In fact, research has found that a combination of treatment methods, including physiotherapy, massage therapy and medications, show good results when managing long-lasting pain. When it comes to medications, just one Advil 12 Hour pill keeps working for up to 12 hours to provide fast-acting, long-lasting relief of muscle, back, joint and arthritis pain so you can do as I do and enjoy all the summer activities you love.

You probably already know that the active ingredient in all Advil products, ibuprofen, has been clinically proven to relieve pain from inflammation, which is why so many Canadians trust it to do its job as a non-prescription pain reliever. Advil 12 Hour’s effective immediate release/extended release formula works to relieve pain with a quick-dissolving layer for pain relief that’s fast and another extended release layer for relief that lasts.

Advil 12 Hour “Keep Moving This Summer” Tips

This summer, don’t let long-lasting body pain interfere with your ability to stay active or accomplish the things you want to. I know I won’t. So follow my lead and use these three simple tips to help relieve your pain:

Stay Active, Girl: Body pain may lead you to avoid physical activity. But low-impact activities like walking, stretching or light exercises can actually help manage pain and even increase strength and flexibility.

How to Get Rid of Aches and Pains for 12 Hours StraightGet Relief: To help relieve your pain so you can accomplish everything you want to, try a non-prescription pain reliever. For Canadians looking to replace their pain reliever with one convenient pill, just one Advil 12 Hour keeps working throughout the day for up to 12 hours.

Go Hot and Cold: Direct heat from hot packs or a warm bath can help relax tight muscles, while ice packs can help reduce inflammation and ease pain.

Note: These tips are suggestions and do not replace medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor for medical advice and read and follow the label on medications.

Win an Advil 12 Hour “Keep Moving This Summer” Prize Pack!

We love Advil 12 Hour so much that we are giving away a prize pack valued at $250! Here’s what you can win:

How to Get Rid of Aches and Pains for 12 Hours Straight

  • Fitbit Charge 2 Heart Rate Plus Fitness Tracker
  • 20oz Water Bottle
  • Yoga Mat

To qualify for an entry in the contest, just comment below, telling us: How would you spend an active summer day, if pain wasn’t holding you back? 

Good luck!

Look for Advil 12 Hour in your local pharmacy, and don’t forget to head to to download a coupon for $3 off your purchase. Although this post was sponsored, all opinions, as usual, are ours.




About the author

Randi Chapnik Myers

Randi Chapnik Myers is Co-Founder and Content Editor of, the only lifestyle site by women 35+ for women 35+. A journalist, blogger, editor and marketer, she specializes in custom content creation for publications, companies, brands and authors at Proud to call herself a social media addict, Randi is never far from a screen—even when she's out hunting for designer bargains.

  • Karine

    I would do 3 sessions of yoga! But unfortunately have to keep a limit loll

  • Alison Braidwood

    I’d do a full day hike, knees permitting.

  • Alison Braidwood
  • ToCo

    Park Volleyball!

  • Jodi

    Longer and more challenging walks.

  • Jeannie

    I think I would spend more time flipping and jumping with my kids!

  • pinksuzanne

    I would be working out more often in my flower gardens.

  • stephen gordon

    Great strolls on local trails.

  • Clair P

    I love to go on nice long hikes, and or a good rollerblade ride

  • Judy Cowan

    Would spend it hiking some of the beautiful trails around our area.

  • kathy downey

    I would spend an active summer day, if pain wasn’t holding you back do a walk on the beach !

  • elaing8

    If I had no pain I would walk the trail by my sisters home and go to the beach.

  • Kathryn Pylyp

    I would walk, i would swim!

  • Paula (lilpeej)

    Wow, that’s a great question! I think I would go to Waterton for a bit of a hike followed by a swim.

  • Kimberley Ducharme

    I would walk longer and run like I use too.

  • Pearl

    I would take a long walk early in the a.m. then again in the evening. In between I would do yardwork.

  • Debbie

    I try to keep active and go to Orangetheory Fitness. Its very hard on your body so inbetween classes I do a lot of stretching. I would take walks outside and swim!

  • Nancy T

    I’m relatively pain free for the most part (unless it’s from too much exercise) and love to be active. Whether it’s swimming, running, biking or as simple as gardening, being active every day is so important.

  • Elizabeth V

    I get a few aches and pains, but nothing that holds me back. We have just started kayaking and I love it. Peaceful and like you said, I need to work on my tank top arms. lol. I also love biking, walking and puttering in my garden.

  • Carole D.

    I would go to Aqua fit and a walk on the same days. I walk most days except the days I go to Aquafit.

  • Whally Guevarra

    Thanks for this tip. My grandmother used to take Gabapentin for nerve pain- – Is this adviseable?

  • fossie55

    Great post. I would love to do a long hike. My knee acts up sometimes. I do get out walking daily.
    Florence Cochrane

  • Wendy Hutton

    I have arthritis and nerve pain if I didn’t have that I would love to be gardening, I hate to quit that due to the pain

  • Jenn E

    I would spend it out in the water kayaking, and I would even attempt wakeboarding!

  • Jenness M

    I would play in an ultimate tournament which I haven’t done in years.

  • Corry Lehmann

    Hiking,kayaking, swimming and tubing!

  • Betty Spry

    I would spend the day hiking the local section of the Bruce trail

  • SeanM

    Get all that yard work done

  • Doris

    I would spend the day gardening.

  • Lushka Smith


  • Kelly Nash

    I would spend an afternoon cycling with my husband and my daughter. A few summers ago it was easy and I took it for granted. Now all I can manage is a short, slow ride

  • Jennifer Alger Morse

    I would spend an entire day on my bike! Buy my lower back starts to ache after too long on it.

  • ameirah taha

    Id be playing tennis biking & more

  • RubyBB

    Morning yoga & evening walks in nature with hubby & our dog

  • OpheliaC

    I’d go for a long bike ride!

  • writeanu

    I would go for a long hike if pain was not holding me back.

  • Amy Heffernan

    I would spend it playing with my kids in the park!

  • Bike riding

  • I would do lots more gardening!

  • ivy pluchinsky

    I would go for more hikes and walks

  • beth

    Id ride my mountain bike and do some kyaking

  • Linda H

    I would be doing more walking.

  • Julie

    I would spend it by redoing my flower gardens rather than have to wait for hubby to do it!

  • Jolie

    I would be cycling and swimming 🙂

  • LisaM

    Going to the fair! And maybe a swim at the end of the day.

  • Christine Murray

    Hiking with my husband. Thanks for the chance.

  • Juliee Fitze

    I would spend the day swimming if I didn’t have pain.

  • Heidi C.

    If i didn’t suffer from such severe fibromyalgia and chronic pain, I would spend more days outside riding bikes and playing soccer with my kids.

  • I would love to be able to take up biking if my lower back wasn’t killing me.

  • September Dee

    I would spend more time walking with my rescue poodle. He loves to walk and would go several times a day. I’ve spent the last two days, 6 hours each, removing roots from huge spruce that was taken down before seeding grass. At the end of the day I can barely move. Advil to the rescue!!! I’m stiff in the morning but not for long! Thanks for the chance to win this great prize. Would love a fit it to motivate me more for my walks with 🐩.

  • Janet Meisner

    I would spend more time hiking and swimming.

  • I’d go to Gros Morne, NL and hike the full day.

  • Em Vee

    I would be walking all over the city however my knees and left ankle hurts after some time

  • Amie

    Exploring waterfalls in Hamilton or at Canada’s Wonderland with my family

  • loriag

    I would go hiking and fishing in our beautiful northern area.

  • lyn21

    I would love to spend the day hiking and swimming

  • Mel

    I would go kayaking.

  • Brandy

    I would be running everywhere!

  • lp

    definitely hiking. thanks

  • Tracy Morin

    I would go kayaking and hiking

  • Kim

    I love to go on cycling and swimming day excursions with the family!

  • Alayne Langford

    I would do cartwheels and the hoola hoop with my grandchildren!

  • Allie Futterer

    I would hike and do yoga daily!

  • Debi Kisluk

    A game of tennis every day.

  • Jonnie

    I would go on a bike ride with the kids and take the dog for an extra long walk.

  • Soozle

    I would like to try more challenging hikes btu my low back bothers me!

  • Linda Svarovsky

    I would go hiking.

  • Nicole Jubleew

    I would go camping and kayaking!

  • Krista Miller

    I would do more water sports like water skiing!

  • Leanne Scherp

    I would run. I loved running.

  • JoeeBass

    Go bike riding with the kids

  • blessedta

    I would run

  • tanyab79

    A day full of activities like swimming, biking, hiking, etc.

  • retrophiliac

    I would go for longer city walks if my back pain didn’t hold me back

  • Lynda Noack- Cook

    I would be able to enjoy playing badminton again

  • Carolyn Wilman

    I would take my morning walk.

  • Travelbuds

    I would hike up in the mountains that I’m surrounded by.

  • Erin

    I would go on an overnight hike in the mountains!

  • Michelle Matta

    I would enroll in adult dance classes

  • Pam Wood Humphrey

    If pain wasn’t holding be back I would love to explore rock climbing.

  • Tammy Dalley

    I would spend more time hiking and biking with my kids

  • Penny Northmore

    I would love to be on a beach playing volleyball & swimming!!

  • If I wasn’t in pain I would bike farther and go hiking more often because these are two of my favorite activities!

  • lori b

    I would be doing some nice walks along water front

  • jemrah

    I would go for a hike in Gatineau Park, to enjoy nature’s beauty!!

  • Irene Eichler

    I would be taking my dogs for hikes in the woods !

  • Christy

    I would kayak/swim in the morning and go for a hike in the woods in the afternoon

  • Sandra McGrunder

    geocaching with my granddaughter!

  • Irene

    climbing Gros Morne mountain in NL.

  • Sarah Miller

    I would walk further , maybe even run!

  • ksceviour

    I would go on a long hike!

  • Amanda Masters

    Jumping on the trampoline

  • Suzi


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