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How does exercise help back pain?

From Time.com:

In addition to enhancing heart health and helping prevent disease, exercise improves your mental health and cognitive ability. A study published in June in the journal Neurology found that older people who exercise at least once a week are 30% more likely to maintain cognitive function than those who exercise less. Another study, released by the University of Alberta a few weeks ago, found that people with chronic back pain who exercise four days a week have 36% less disability than those who exercise only two or three days a week.

Read more: http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1914857-3,00.html#ixzz1IrCsgQWg

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