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Do a Little More of the Little Things for Your Health

By Tom Herrin

If everyone would just learn to stretch their efforts a bit more, they could possibly address issues they have that are in need of improving.  Many people suffer from common problems such as high blood pressure, heart disease, cancers, and a few other things.  Too many times, they come to accept them as something that just happens.  While this may be the case for some, others may experience these health concerns as a result of a sedentary lifestyle.  The good news is that they do not have to get into an intense workout program in order to help prevent the problems.  Simply doing a little more of what they already do may be sufficient.

Walking May Be the Easy Way

In a study with results released in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, it was found that a few minutes of walking per week may save lives.  This study involving more than 139,000 adults found that those who walked two hours per week were 26 percent less likely to die early than those who were sedentary.  This may be some pretty good incentive to get out there and do a little walking.  It can be a great place to start.

Too Many People Retire to Do Nothing

Reasons for retiring are all over the place, but one of the big ones is that people simply get tired of working and want to make a change.  For some, it may be that they change fields and still work doing something different.  For too many, they choose to stop doing much of anything and feel that it is time to do nothing.  The idea that people deserve some time off may be unhealthy.  It has been recommended that people 65 or older get 2 1/2 hours per week of exercise, but it is believed that fewer than 20 percent get that much.  

Add to What You Do Now

There is a good chance that you do some moving around now.  It is also likely that you try to save steps whenever possible.  This works for some things, but it doesn't help you get much exercise.  I try to find ways to walk a bit more when I do something.  I may park farther away from the front door when I shop or take the stairs more often.  It won't take much, but with a little fine-tuning, you may be able to turn those daily activities into some valuable exercise.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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