Being highly active reduces the risk of chronic lower back pain by 16 per cent, new research reveals.
Regular moderate activity lowers the risk by 14 per cent, a study review found.
Yet, exercise has no impact on short-term back pain or that which causes hospitalisation or disability, the research adds.
Dr Joel Press, physiatrist-in-chief at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, who was not involved in the study, said: 'We were meant to move. We were not meant to be stagnant in any way.
'Generally lower impact, walking type things are probably the starting point. Swimming is another low impact activity that puts less load on your back'.