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No Need to Feel Old or Broken Down

By Stephen R. Farris

Let's face it. The older we get, the more we experience that broken down feeling, especially in our joints, muscles and lower back. Other factors come into play as well as we get older, such as the type of work or physical activity we do on a daily basis. That can also put more stress on our aging joints and muscles.

The point is, we all need to keep moving and strive to keep our joints, muscles and lower back in decent working condition in order to keep and maintain a healthy lifestyle. Even though we might be in stressful jobs that require physical labor, we still need to implement some form of exercise either before work or after.

There are many ways to achieve this, but it's not always easy as our schedules become more and more hectic the older we get. However, it's still important to make time for exercising. Write out a schedule for starters. Then get moving.

In The Beginning

Before starting any exercise regime, consult with your doctor or chiropractor to see what they have to suggest. Always start off light and then work your way up. For example, walking. Begin with a mile, then work your way up to three, four, maybe five miles a day. Try not to burn yourself out in the beginning. Remember, our bodies weren't built in a day, neither was Rome.

Choices, Choices, Choices

It's not that hard, really. Do you have a favorite sport or physical activity? Get involved with a recreational league. Maybe take up cycling, or dive in the pool -- if available to you -- and swim laps. Walking or running are good, just make sure you wear comfortable shoes that will not put more stress on your joints and back. Do stretching exercises. There are many different ones for beginners to try and are good on the lower back to help make it stronger. Pick one or two to get started.

Meditation Type Exercise

There are several meditation-type exercises you might consider trying out. Most all are good at relieving stress to the joints, muscles and lower back. Yoga and tai chi are good examples and provide movement for different parts of the body with little to no stress involved. However, you might check with your doctor or chiropractor to find out what they have to say, as they can provide helpful suggestions and advice.

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

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