/ 21 June 2024

A stroll a day keeps the back pain away


We know exercise is good for us, but now we have a very specific reason to force ourselves out the front door even when the weather has us wanting to hide under a doona… That’s because Australian scientists have found taking at least 3 strolls a week nearly halves how often people with low back pain will suffer. That comes from a world-first trial and better yet, the study’s lead author Mark Hancock says that we “don’t need to be walking 5 or 10km every day to get these benefits.” Instead, you can focus on the time spent walking, as the research showed those who spent an average of just over 2 hours a week wandering, remained pain-free for nearly twice as long as those who didn’t. Wonder if a walk to get an ice cream counts? 

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