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All or None Is Not Always Best for Health

By Tom Herrin

Most people tend to be creatures of habit.  Those habits can be good or bad.  Many times, overeating is a bad habit that can haunt anyone.  It can lead to eating things that are not only poor quality but also wasted extra calories.  As a result, many will be nutrient-starved.  They also may feel that the only way to exercise is to get a certain amount of time in doing so.  Time is important, but a good workout may not always be based on how long it takes but how effective it is on the body.  Many times, a short workout can be much more highly productive than a long one with much better results.

Short Segments of Exercise May Prove Beneficial

It is not necessarily the fact that people put in lots of time in their exercise program, but making efficient use of what they do may really count.  For those who enjoy running, they may be able to do it with regularity and still keep it brief.  It appears that a few good minutes of running may help to protect people from serious problems with their heart.  According to information from the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running seven minutes per day on a regular basis may reduce the risk of death from heart disease by as much as 45 percent.

All People Are Not Runners

Running is not for everyone.  When this is the case, there are still things they may do to improve health.  According to a Japanese study, those who ride a stationary bike for 10 minutes per day are happier and able to perform challenging mental functions.  Overall health generally includes emotional, mental, and physical health.  Riding some kind of bike can provide some decent exercise while still managing time to the effect that the rider can have plenty of time for the many other things that fill their daily life.

Progress Is Progress

As I have gotten older, I have come to realize that I can feel good with whatever kind of progress I can make in just about anything.  Whether it is studying or exercising, we can feel confident in doing something that moves us from one place to another.  Once we can look back and see that we have moved away from that starting point, it is very reassuring.  Even the smallest improvement in our physical progression can be a good thing.  We can then celebrate our little victories.

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

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