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A Short Run May Help in the Long Run

By Tom Herrin

It is not uncommon for people to try to force more things into their schedule than what will actually fit.  The tendency to keep adding until the bucket tips over happens a lot.  It is tough for many people to fit everything in that they feel belongs while still maintaining focus on the things they believe are essential.  After filling that list, some look around and wonder how they will fit in adequate time for things such as exercise.  After all, it is critical to keep in there as part of a good balance.  Without some kind of exercise, some people will experience a rapid deterioration of their overall health.  The good news is that many may do more exercise than they actually need to in order to protect their health.

Running Is Not All or None

When many people think of running, they may think of long sessions in which they go for miles.  While many of them really enjoy it, a lot of good may be accomplished by keeping the run short but regular.  Some studies have shown that people who run for only seven minutes per day regularly may protect themselves against heart disease.  In fact, it may cut their risk of dying from it as much as 45 percent.  This is a good contrast to those who run for long periods of time as they seek to achieve some major victory with their health.

Keep a Smile on Your Face

According to a Japanese study, people who rode a stationary bike for 10 minutes per day regularly were happier and performed better on various tests assessing mental function.  It seemed that their reaction time was good.  This could be a winning combination.  Healthy and happy can go well together.  Along with sharp mental performance, these may be indicators of better health overall.

The  Bottom Line

We may ask ourselves if there really is a bottom line when it comes to how much exercise we need.  If we can get in enough in a short session to provide the support we may need to assure good health, there may be no reason to do more.  This can allow greater freedom in developing our schedule for other things.  These programs really are all about us as individuals.  We may as well make them something that fits as many of our needs as possible and works well with our personal schedule.

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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