This recent weather (scorching heat, followed by violent thunderstorms) has had me in a lot of pain. Overweight people have more pain (a lot of joint/orthopedic problems from excessive weight bearing), and chronic pain appears to predispose people to weight gain.
I’ve approached this by taking tylenol and aleve. Fortunately for me, walking actually helps! So, for the past week, I’ve been walking at a slower pace than usual, but consistently (including walking, rather than driving to the pharmacy). Sitting actually makes the pain worse, and is bad for many reasons we’ve previously described.
One place people sit for long periods of time is in the car. A Gallup poll documents more neck and back problems in people who have long commutes:
For example, one in three employees with a commute of more than 90 minutes say they have had a neck or back condition that has caused recurrent pain in the past 12 months; among those with commutes of 10 minutes or less, the figure drops to roughly one in four.