Drs. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Mike Roizen
Dr. Mehmet Oz is host of the popular TV show “The Dr. Oz Show.” He is a professor in the Department of Surgery at Columbia University and directs the Cardiovascular Institute and Complementary Medicine Program and New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

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Tags: exercise | pain management | pain tolerance | Dr. Oz

Exercise Helps You Tolerate Pain

Thursday, 26 July 2012 08:27 AM EDT

There's never been a coach who didn't utter the words, "No pain, no gain." It's a basic motto for athletes. Shaq said, "There are times when you've got to play hurt, when you've got to block out the pain." But for the rest of us sweat-stained mortals, that sounds, well, pretty caveman. Enter science.

Researchers in Germany looked at the difference between pain threshold (the point when a person first starts to feel pain) and pain tolerance (how much a person can take) in 550 athletes and more than 330 nonathletic adults. They concluded that the two groups had about the same pain threshold. But when it came to how much pain they could stand, athletes tolerated more than nonathletes.

So what does this mean? It means that if you thought that a sweat-packed exercise routine just reduced stress, decreased wrinkles, prevented obesity, Type-2 diabetes and a host of other diseases, improved your brain power and cardiovascular and sexual health, and sent happy-hormones coursing through your veins, there's one more reward to add to the list. Regular exercise helps you tolerate pain better.

So put on a pair of walking, running, or cross-training shoes and head out for those 10,000 steps, a 2-, 5- or 10-k run, and some weight training (two to three times a week) at the gym. But do it with some intensity. That way, when you've got a headache to push through or some minor back pain, you'll be able to keep going and going and going. Slam dunk!

© 2012 Michael Roizen, M.D. and Mehmet Oz, M.D.
Distributed by King Features Syndicate, Inc.

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Exercise not only helps us fight fat and boost cardiac health, but it also helps us better manage pain.
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Thursday, 26 July 2012 08:27 AM
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