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Lifetime Sports Are Just That

By Tom Herrin

Finding activities that are easy to take up on a regular basis can be a challenge for anyone.  As we age, there are several factors that come into play that can interfere with our efforts.  One of these is work.  For those of us who have full-time jobs, our schedules can be filled with enough things to do that we are looking for a break as soon as we get off work.  As we have families, many of the demands of getting kids to where they need to be can require some pretty good planning as well.

Another thing that may often seem to inhibit us is our current physical condition, or lack of it.  This may simply mean that we have to begin slowly and work up.  Some of us can be more than a little impatient and become frustrated with investing the time to begin the right way.  With any of this as a consideration, pursuit of some lifetime sport can play an important role in supporting our health.

Choose Wisely

When making decisions that affect our overall health, it is best to consider all options.  We should think about just what our current state of health is and how aggressively we want to become involved.  The activity should be something that does not put us in a situation of trying to do too much too soon.  We have all heard cases in which someone went out and played some kind of game that required some heavy activity only to suffer a severe injury, or worse.  We need to assess our own condition and seek something that can go along with it.

Seek Slow Progress

It is important to keep in mind just what our goals are as we begin our program.  While we may know that we need to have at least 30 minutes per day of activity, we may need to start with a much shorter amount of time.  We can always increase as we go.  Pacing ourselves is a big part of making progress.  It is much better to make slow progress than to do damage to our health when we are wanting to do too much in a faster pace.

Look for a Good Fit

With all of the activities available to choose from, we should be able to make a choice that fits us.  If we have some kind of limitation, we need to consider it carefully.  Playing tennis if we have a bad ankle may not be wise because sudden moves could be trouble.  Playing golf may allow us to take it a little more deliberately.  If we enjoy socializing, we may choose dancing on a regular basis.  There are also many kinds of classes available.  Take the time to do a little looking and make a choice that feels good.  It is also important to remember that if one just doesn't fit, there are many others to choose from.

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

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