Effects of a Physical Exercise Intervention on Pain in Workplaces: A Case Study

Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2022 Jan 25;19(3):1331. doi: 10.3390/ijerph19031331.


Interventions that promote physical activity and healthy habits in workplaces have proven to be effective in reducing risk factors associated with numerous pathologies. This study examines the effects of an individualized physical exercise program that lasts five minutes for 30 working days on the perceived pain of workers, as well as analyzing adherence to it within workplaces. Data were collected through a visual analog scale of 1-10 of the perception of pain by anatomical areas, and, thus, we could observe variations in the perceived pain of workers through a program of five individualized exercises for one minute each based on the analysis of the worker and the job position. Significant differences were observed in three of the four centers analyzed (1: p = 0.006; 2: p = 0.009; 3: p = 0.000; 4: p = 0.791). A five-minute exercise program in the work environment appears to be an effective tool in terms of time and an improvement in workers' perception of pain.

Keywords: health and wellbeing; pain; physical activity; workplace health promotion; workplace-based health interventions.

MeSH terms

  • Exercise Therapy
  • Exercise*
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Pain / prevention & control
  • Pain Measurement
  • Workplace*