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Does Boredom Prevent You from Exercising?

By Tom Herrin

We all know that we should get some kind of exercise on a daily basis.  The problem may be how to motivate ourselves to do so.  Once we develop bad habits of sitting around for long periods, it can be hard to break the pattern.  I heard a radio segment relating the extraordinary number of minutes we watch television to length of life.  I'm sure there is some truth to it.  We have to get up and get moving, and there are more ways to do it than we may know.  Exercising does not have to mean going through some kind of methodical routine that bores us to tears.

Have You Ever Been to a Batting Cage?

If you played baseball or softball in the past 30 years, you probably went to the batting cages at some point.  At the time, you may not have considered it to be exercise.  If you have been pretty sedentary, you may find it to be a pretty good workout.  You will find yourself doing much more than you thought, and you may find that can be pretty enjoyable.  If you like challenges, you will quickly want to see how much you can improve.  After spending 30 minutes or an hour, you may find that you have worked more muscles than you remembered having.

Do a Little Dance

If you have never been a dancer, you may think it all looks easy.  Dancing can be a fun way to socialize as well as get exercise.  Most dances require some work to do them well.  Whether it is square dancing or ballroom dance, doing it well requires practice.  It can be fun to go once a week or so.  Especially if you have a regular partner, dancing can be a great way to get some exercise while spending some time with someone whose company you enjoy. 

Many People Enjoy Swimming

While you may have done some swimming, have you done so as part of an exercise routine?  We often think of swimming as a purely recreational activity.  It can be a great way to get some low impact exercise in a reasonably short period of time, and it is one that many people can continue doing for the rest of their lives.  For those who may have had injuries, swimming may be somewhat therapeutic as well.

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

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