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Health Benefits of Exercise Report: How Working Out Can Boost Pain Tolerance 

A study out of Sydney, Australia and published in the journal Medicine & Science In Sports & Exercise assessed the potential for exercise to imrpove pain tolerance. The study focused on 24 adults - 12 who were interested in exercise and 12 who were not. Researchers used two tests to quanitfy pain threshold (the point at which a person feels pain) and pain tolerance (how long a person can tolerate the pain before they stop doing whatever is causing it), and measured both before and after an exercise program, during which the 12 participants interested in exercise begain cycling for 30 minutes three times per week for six weeks. 

The results showed substantial improvements in pain tolerance among the exercise group after six week, compared to no change for the sedentary group. 

Matthew Jones, a research at the University of New South Wales who lead the study, said that the results "suggest that the participants who exercised had become more stoical and perhaps did not find the pain as threatening after exercise training, even though it still hurt as much". 

Read the full article in the New York Times Well Blog 

In This Issue

1. Regular Physical Activity Associated With Optimism

2. Exercise Can Make Metabolic Syndrome Less Costly For Employers

3. Physical Activity Should Be Recommended For People With Kidney Disease

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