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Finding a Small Hill Can Be Big With Health

By Tom Herrin

If people have to describe their lives in one word, that word is often “busy.”  Whether it is true may be debatable, but people who really are busy tend to cram everything they can into all the time they have.  Some feel that it doesn’t leave much time for exercise. This may be true. Most have an idea of how long their workout needs to last.  When they don’t have that much time available, they feel as if they simply need to forego it. This should not be the case. People can have busy lives and still keep up with their need to exercise.  Walking up hills can be a great way to squeeze in a workout without compromising the benefits.

It May Improve Bone Density

Many people today experience problems with bones that become soft or weak.  Women are especially vulnerable. Weight-bearing exercises can help to strengthen bones as well as muscles.  Walking up hills is a good way to do this. While people are not lifting weights as such, lifting the body to go up hills can serve the same purpose.

It May Protect the Joints

Those joints that tend to wear the most with regular repetition are often the knees and ankles.  By their nature, they are worked hard. With increasing age, this wear adds up. Walking up hills is a low impact exercise that can help to strengthen the muscles that surround and protect these joints,  It can tone and tighten them effectively. Since what goes up must come down, people are able to do both. Walking down hills can provide several benefits in a different way. Finding hills that someone can walk up and down can be a pretty good way to work out.

It Can Save Time

Most of us end up short on time a lot.  A few years ago, I constantly found myself coming in late and still needing to work out.  I was riding my bicycle near midnight many times. I finally realized that I could abbreviate my workout and still get something out of it.  Walking up hills can cut a workout by as much as a half and still be good. If you need to save time, look around and find some hills. You will likely find them in a park or parking lot.  They are a lot closer than you may think.

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


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