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Improve Health With Lifetime Sports

By Tom Herrin

Getting the right amount of exercise is important.  Most of us are well aware of it, but we often have a difficult time putting our knowledge into force.  The thought of enduring long periods of routine exercise simply doesn't appeal to some.  For this reason, people who have developed many school physical education programs have designed curriculum that includes lifetime sports.  This is done to introduce children to activities that may interest them at early ages and can continue through adulthood.  Thus lifetime sports should truly be something they can do for a lifetime.  If they can develop an interest at young ages, they may be more likely to pursue that same sport as they grow older.

Determine What You Need

As with anything we begin, we should first do a needs assessment.  This can help us to decide just how we should focus our program and what should have the greatest priority.  In some cases, people are looking to build strength.  In others, they may want more mobility.  In a majority of instances, they want to simply get in better shape.  That normally involves building the cardiovascular system.  A common recommendation is to aim for 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days per week.  Even if they fall short, they will still be improving their health and moving toward their goal.  Making progress a little at a time is far better than doing nothing.

Decide Which Environment Fits You

We all have different likes and dislikes.  If you are an extrovert, you may prefer sports that have large teams and more intense competition.  If you are more of an introvert, you may be better suited for sports that may be done alone or in very small groups.  Believe it or not, success in making this work for you may depend on finding the right niche.

There Is Something for Everyone

For those who enjoy those larger groups, there are lots of organized adult team sports.  Soccer, basketball, and softball are just a few.  There are also clubs for runners and bicycle riders.  For those who like to workout as couples, there are dance groups and contests.  If you are one of those who prefers a more private type of competition, there is always golf or tennis.  Some people really enjoy the solitude of hiking.  Whatever you want can be found.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tucson, Ariz.

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