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Lack of Exercise and Obesity can Cause Chronic Pain

New research evidence suggests that exercising for at least an hour each week reduces the risk of getting shoulder, neck and back pain. The researchers say physical inactivity and obesity increases the risk of suffering from chronic pain in the above body parts.

The health study involving greater than 30,000 adults was conducted in Norway. The participants’ BMI was measured initially and their health was monitored for 11 years.

The researchers found that men who exercised for at least two hours each week reduced their odds of getting lower back pain by 25%, and getting shoulder or neck pain by 20%. Women who exercised for a similar amount of time reduced their chances of back pain by eight percent, and shoulder and neck pain by nine percent.

Body weight also played a key role in the participants’ health. Obese men increased their chances of getting lower back pain by 21%, and the risk of getting shoulder or neck pain by 22%. Obese women raised their risk of getting lower back pain by 21%, and the chances of getting shoulder or neck pain by 19%.

The researchers suggest that moderate exercise for just an hour each week can offset the impact of obesity and help avoid the risk of developing chronic pain.

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