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Have Fun and Be Healthy With Lifetime Sports

By Tom Herrin

There were plenty of reasons why each of us should have spent time participating in a program in school that placed emphasis on lifetime sports.  As we age, many of us tend to become pretty sedentary.  It may not be so much because we don't want to be involved in such activities.  It may be that we simply become too busy and are otherwise committed.  At this point, it may be difficult to begin an exercise program because it is too challenging to get it scheduled.  Finding the time to do something for which we have little motivation is always hard.  If we have developed some interests in a lifetime sport, we may look forward to it.  It is still not too late to try one.

Have a Talk With Yourself

Before trying to decide about taking up a lifetime sport, ask yourself just what you are attempting to accomplish.  For many, it may be to get in better shape and improve your cardiovascular system.  For others, it may be to gain strength or some other thing.  It is generally recommended that we try to get 30 minutes of moderate exercise at leas five days per week.  This is a minimum, but if you have done nothing recently, it is much better to start slow and build up.  There is nothing wrong with a five or 10 minute session.  If this is the case, a sport with mild to moderate intensity may be best.

Choose a Sport That Fits You

We are all very different.  The activities we choose to be involved in are different as well.  Some are quite content to do something alone or with a small group.  Others enjoy the interaction with large groups.  Their thing may be to participate in a highly organized sport.  Believe it or not, these are important decisions.  There is no point in pursuing something that really has not to offer that you want.

Fast or Slow, Gentle or Competitive

No matter what you are interested in doing, there is something out there to fit your interests.  For those who prefer a little quieter exercise, there are bike rides, walking trails, or golf.  Those who want to get into heavy competition may prefer adult leagues sports such as basketball, soccer, or volleyball.  Of course, there are plenty of sports in between.  The point is to find something that captures interest and go from there.

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

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