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Go Fly A Kite For Your Health

By Tom Herrin

There are plenty of things to do outside as the weather warms and spring approaches.  Many of us have to make ourselves take up a pursuit that is different from what we normally do.  Like it or not, most of us are creatures of habit.  Doing something new, or maybe old for the first time in a while, challenges our natural tendencies.  If you drive by a schoolground or a park in the afternoons or weekends this time of year, there is a pretty good chance you may see someone flying kites.  It looks generally pleasant and relaxing, a little like watching clouds as a kid.  Kite flying is actually an inexpensive and fun activity that has a lot of healthy benefits.

Looking Up Is Good Change

When flying a kite, you have to look up.  The contrast on the blue sky can help in improving the muscles and nerves of the eyes.  Since we spend so much time looking down at work and school projects, it is helpful to spend some time looking up.  This may give us more range of movement, avoiding some of the stiffness we otherwise develop.

It Can Get Physical

There may not be lot of strenuous activity involved in flying kites, but there is some steady exercise.  Working to get it up and keep it up involves a few different muscles.  With the space around you needed when you fly a kite, it will be good opportunity to walk, run, or find some other way to be active at the same time.  Another thing that always appeals to me is that it is another way of reducing stress.  The gentle gliding of a kite is peaceful and soothing.  This is always useful in lowering blood pressure and steadying the heartbeat.

It Promotes Creativity

No matter what you do, it always helps to use what you are given.  Kites are colorful and come in all kinds of shapes and sizes.  You can create whatever you want.  Too many people spend far too much time filling in the blanks.  Using any creative skills can sharpen our minds and broaden our appreciation for the beauty around us.  As we get older, it isn’t going to get any better if we don’t make it that way.  Whether you are 8 or 80, you can fly a kite, mix with other people doing the same thing, and enjoy it.  Go ahead.  Spend five dollars and try it.

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

 

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