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Play More and Get Healthier

By Tom Herrin

Even though we all know we need to get regular exercise to stay as healthy as possible, many find it challenging to do it. For those of us who become bored and lose interest in many of the traditional programs of exercise, all is not lost. We can be a little creative and participate in some very different kinds of activities that may do as much good for us as any of those more traditional ones. It is OK to think outside the box, and you may be surprised at how fast we can improve our physical condition once we discover something that fits us better. 

Jumping Rope Will Have You Moving

More than likely, you jumped rope as a child. Everybody tries it. Back then, it was fun to see if you could stay in step. As an adult, jumping rope can do much more for you. It is great for coordination and timing. It can help to build endurance. Some people jump rope as they jog. Many others do so as they watch television or listen to music. A good thing about it is you can simply set a goal for the amount of time you want to spend in a session and then stop. Many school programs have focused on getting kids to jump rope to support good health.

You Can Watch Birds

The sound of birdwatching may not seem like much of an exercise program, but it can be a good fit for those who want to get started slowly. You can move around as you try to follow birds or get in position to see them. It can give you some good purpose for moving. With phones available today, you can look up references, take photos, and record your findings. It is often referred to as birding, and it may be something you can enjoy.

Try Kayaking

If you would like something that raises your level of anticipation and excitement, you may try kayaking. Those who are involved seem to love it. You will need to learn some skills, such as how to roll it (as well as row it), but it is pretty basic. You will get a pretty good workout as you paddle it. It is a good experience that gets your whole body moving and involved. Before long, you will be watching for new places to put it into the water as you begin to spend lots of spare time with it.

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

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