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Fight against pain by staying fit

Being fit and healthy helps your body cope with the demands of everyday life more effectively. Poor general fitness can reduce your ability to perform tasks efficiently and can leave you feeling tired, which increases the likelihood of having aches and pains.

The New Zealand Physical Activity Guidelines recommends that adults should aim to be physically active for at least 30 minutes on most days. You can accumulate your exercise over several shorter sessions of activity of 10 to 15 minutes.

One way to prevent pain is through balanced physical exercise comprising of mobility, strength, coordination, and stamina training. Since every person, and the pain they experience, is different, the exercises should be set according to personal needs. If you have any health conditions or are unsure about any of the exercises suggested here, please consult your doctor or healthcare professional. Start at a level that is easily manageable and gradually build up the recommended amount, type and frequency of activity.*

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* Programs are provided for your general information. We recommend that you consult with your healthcare professional before beginning any exercise program. If you experience pain or difficulty with these exercises, stop and consult your healthcare professional. You engage in these exercise programs at your own risk.