Yoga for lower back pain Get away from your desk….. (Hampshire Chronicle, January 26th 2012) It can be a struggle for office-bound workers to find time to exercise, say experts, and as a result fitness levels can suffer. The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) suggests both employees and employers resolve to make health in the workplace a priority. Professor Mike Kelly, public health director at NICE, points out that physical activity is essential for good health, contributing to both physical and mental wellbeing. It also helps prevent or manage conditions including heart disease, diabetes, some cancers and obesity. “Workers aren’t always active enough to benefit their health, so we’re recommending ways that employers can encourage staff to increase their levels of physical activity on their way to work, or during the day.” These include providing information about walking or cycling routes and encouraging workers to use the stairs. Becoming more active is also recommended by Arthritis Research UK, who have funded research exploring the connection between healthy bodies and pain-free joints. “This year we’re recommending that instead of relying on painkillers, people with back pain try yoga,” says Professor Alan Silman, medical director at Arthritis Research UK, who points out that 80 per cent of the population suffer from back pain at some point in their lives. Yoga provides real, positive benefits for people with chronic low back pain, plus there are no side affects.