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Strength Beats Pain


Most of us work out to look better and feel stronger, but a habit of hitting the iron can actually help stave off the repetitive motion–induced chronic pain that has become so common in our modern culture.

Researchers at the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Denmark found that four percent of workers who use a computer and eight percent of factory workers suffer from lower-arm pain. They placed 282 suffering workers on a basic weightlifting regimen that included lateral raises, front raises, shrugs, and reverse flyes. After 20 weeks, the strength training showed significant impact on recovery.

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