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How About A Boot Camp For Lightweights?

By Tom Herrin

There are a lot of exercise programs out there that promise great results for people serious about getting in shape.  But if you are like most of us, you are pretty busy and aren’t looking for a military style program.  That doesn’t mean you can’t get in shape.  It just means you actually have a life.  You may have a spouse, kids, and/or someone else you would like to spend some time with.  Getting in shape and staying that way does not have to require hours of training.  A good program can reap benefits with as little as 30 minutes per day with activities that won’t make you feel like you are being punished.

Start With Low Impact

Whether you go to a workout facility or tune in to a program at home, you can start with a program that will be less stressful and enjoyable at the same time.  You just can’t expect leaps and bounds of results at once.  But a good program works best when you start slow and build up.  Consistency is the key.  Start with something that you know you can do and keep up with.  Heavy workouts work for some people, but most people will burn out on those way too soon and give up.  The key to a successful program is to find something you don’t dread doing regularly.  Look for low impact activities, then add something a little at a time until you get to where you feel you are being taxed.

Make Your Activity Enjoyable

Even with a low impact routine, you will need to add variety.  Try going for a walk a few times per week.  Working out every other day and filling in with walking those other days can make it more pleasurable.  You will come to look forward to the time you spend.  It may be possible that you can get a family member to walk with you so that you feel like you are including family in your pursuits.  They will probably enjoy the exercise and the bond as well.

Warning:  Feeling Better Can Be Addictive

Once you have spent a few weeks and/or months getting into a good routine of activity, you will probably be hooked.  You’ll find yourself exploring more ways to do things.  Your increased conditioning will allow you to enjoy better health.  That is what you are really looking for.  Keep it up, and you may add years to your life and improve your relationship with others.  Your own personal boot camp can be a real winner.

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

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