Professor of the Practice of Law University of Denver Sturm College of Law

Vigorous Exercise Reduces Risk of Pain

Pain becomes more common as we age.  Pain complaints cause work absences and ER visits. 

Researchers examined data from 5,802 British participants (41% male) in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing, age 50 or over, for a period of 10 years.  Just over 2,400 reported suffering from musculoskeletal (bone, joint & muscle) pain at the end of 10 years.  All activity helped decrease pain, but only high levels of exercise, at least once a week, lowered the risk of musculoskeletal pain.  Vigorous activity included: swimming, jogging or running, cycling, digging with a shovel, and tennis.

Takeaway: Regular vigorous exercise lowers the risk of developing chronic musculoskeletal pain as you age.

Well-being is a journey, not a quick fix


Nils Georg Niederstrasser and Nina Attridge, Associations between Pain and Physical Activity among Older Adults, PlosONE, Jan 28, 2022,

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