Word of the Day: counterintuitive

Word of the Day: counterintuitive

The word counterintuitive has appeared in 114 articles on NYTimes.com in the past year, including on Jan. 24 in “How to Exercise When It Feels Impossible” by Danielle Friedman:

It might seem counterintuitive, but for those who struggle with forms of chronic muscle or joint discomfort — like low back pain, neck pain or pain from osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis — physical activity will likely help to make it better, Dr. Phillips said.

“Chronic pain is awful, but for many people, being inactive is adding to that pain,” he said. While exercise may not alleviate all pain, it can help people complete daily activities with greater ease — and expand what they’re able to do comfortably from, say, walking to the mailbox to going for a stroll on the beach or playing catch with a child.

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