Exact age when adults begin to feel aches and pains in their body is discovered

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Exact age when adults begin to feel aches and pains in their body is discovered
Exact age when adults begin to feel aches and pains in their body is discovered

Seven in ten adults over the age of 40 say they like to be active – but nearly a third (31%) experience aches and pains that they feel restrict them from doing certain things, a study has found.

A poll of 2,000 adults, who have reached their fifth decade, found that two in five over the age of 45 can't touch their toes while standing up.

And just three in ten have attempted yoga – with those of this age saying that their knees and lower back are likely to be the first body parts where they feel discomfort.

Adults typically begin to notice such pains in their mid- to late-40s – and nearly two-thirds of those polled (64%) claim their issues are a chronic problem.

But 65% wish they were able to be more active – with 59% prioritising their physical and mental health more than ever as they continue to age.

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The research was commissioned by Voltarol, to mark the launch of its Movement Coach website, offering free holistic pain management tips and advice.

A spokesman said: “It’s interesting to see how little people are truly aware of the importance strong balance can have, particularly later in life.

“It’s not something you tend to think about – but when you stop and give it some thought, it’s actually crucial to maintaining a healthy lifestyle as you get older.

“And it was interesting to see from the research how there’s a desire to be more active, but aches and pains can prove a hindrance.”

The study also found that 46% had no idea about the correlation between balance and good health – and 28% said that even though their discomfort does not restrict them, they still find it annoying.

However, 57% believe it's important to embrace the ageing process with a youthful spirit – and as such, 47% of those suffering from body aches and pains simply describe their approach as “grin and bear it”.

Meanwhile, three-quarters admitted you know you’re starting to get old when you make noises getting out of bed or a chair.

Following the findings, from OnePoll, Voltarol also created an amusing video which saw people put their balance to the test.

A spokesman added: “Everyone’s different, and balance varies from person to person, but it’s important to continue to work on this, even if there’s niggly aches and pains.

“By focusing on balance, you may be able to help alleviate pain and discomfort, which could open doors to a more active lifestyle.

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“We wanted to provide people with a bespoke pain management plan based on their needs, including exercises to try and other expert advice, to give people hope as they get older that there are simple and effective ways to maintain an active lifestyle.”

Andrew Young

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