Want to ward off pain during ageing? Exercise harder

Participating in high levels of physical activity, such as swimming, running, or tennis, once a week can help prevent chronic musculoskeletal pain as we age. That’s the key finding of a new study from the University of Portsmouth that examined data on nearly 6,000 people aged 50 and over over 10 years. The study is the first to examine the experience of chronic pain alongside gender, BMI, age and wealth over a long period of time, and the results also bode well for those who do hard physical work as part of their jobs. job. Study leader Dr. Nils Niederstrasser joins the show to summarize the main findings and explain how vigorous activity can have a long-term effect on the development of chronic pain.

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