Americans Almost Never Feel 100%, Study Finds

How often do you really feel 100% fit and healthy? For many Americans the answer is not often at all. A study into the health, ailments and pain experienced by 2,000 Americans saw as many as a quarter describe themselves as being in some form of pain ‘all of the time’. From repetitive back and neck pain to lingering joint problems and other ailments, as many as 50 percent of those studied experienced frequent or constant pain of some form. The study of 2,000 Americans commissioned by Samuel Hubbard Shoe Co. also revealed the average survey respondent feels ‘run-down’ for three days every week, with their pain most often starting in the morning (25 percent). With pain and discomfort exacerbated by the weather (36 percent), heavy lifting (35 percent) and stress (34 percent), it is no surprise that only 15 percent of Americans report either never or rarely being in pain. Everyone knows Mondays are the worst, but it turns out it’s not just on Mondays that people walk around feeling a bit uncomfortable. The average respondent feels less than completely fit for 10 days every month - which adds up to spending 34 percent of the year in discomfort due to body aches and pains. Over half of the survey takers (52 percent) list lower back pain as the bodily ailment that plagues them the most. And if it’s not their lower back that’s hindering them from feeling completely fit, it’s most likely neck pain, sore feet or foot pain. Even simply walking adds to the discomfort as one in seven experience pain in their lower back, legs and/or feet after 15 minutes of walking. More than half (53 percent) have pain stemming from an old injury - mainly from slips and falls, a sports-related injury, or a motor vehicle accident. Apart from previous injuries, standing for long periods, age, and the weather are what people blame the most for their physical discomfort. It’s understandable that these sorts of nagging pains and discomfort can negatively affect their moods. In fact, 68 percent of those who say the pain makes them a bit moody also say it has made it more difficult for them to enjoy their day. Reasonably, 48 percent have been unable to exercise due to the pain. And even the quality time spent with family members has been minimized for 24 percent of survey takers. The pain has also prevented them from enjoying life outside of the home. Seven in ten report going out less often because of the physical discomfort. But there is hope - 40 percent believe they can make a change to their lifestyle to help improve their pain. Twenty-seven percent think that wearing more comfortable and supportive clothing and shoes will be beneficial. Half of Americans remove or change shoes during the day because they are painful or uncomfortable. After making changes to their diet, posture, exercise activities, getting more sleep and wearing more comfortable clothes and footwear, 60 percent experienced less pain. A spokesperson for Samuel Hubbard Shoe Co. said: “We were not surprised at these statistics. There are so many people who live with discomfort because they don’t know of an easy solution.”
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