Regular Cardio Exercise Eases Pain

Regular Cardio Exercise Eases Pain

A new study shows that doing regular cardio exercises lowers your sensitivity to pain.

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Regular cardiovascular exercise raises your pain threshold.

If your training is causing you pain – try harder! New research in the American journal Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise suggests that undertaking regular cardio exercise raises your pain threshold.

A group of 24 participants in a study at the University of New South Wales were tested before and after either a six-week period of 75% VO2 max workouts or ‘usual physical activity’.

Not only did the exercising group show increased cardio fitness but they also developed a higher tolerance to pain. The group (who rode for 30 minutes, three times a week) reported they simply could suffer previously unbearable pain for longer.

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Written by Jenny Nickelson

Jenny Nickelson has been a sports enthusiast since childhood. Because of her deep love to water, she started training swimming in early years. Today she swears on variety and does it all: from swimming, running and cycling to fitness, skiing, dancing and mountaineering.

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