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Use Those Hills to Maximize Time and Health

By Tom Herrin

For those who feel they need to get out there and hit the gym, or do some other kind of workout, but can’t seem to find the time, there are other ways to maximize their resources.  Time is one of the biggest resources that most people have. So often, when busy people get home from whatever they do, it is all they can do to get to the family room. Finding time and energy to exercise may be out of the question.  For those who have limited time, a great way to get a lot done with the least time spent is to walk up hills.

It Can Strengthen Bones

Problems with bone density are pretty common today.  Many of them are caused by diet, lack of exercise, genetics, or some other thing.  Finding ways to improve bone density is important. Walking up hills can provide weight-bearing exercise due the nature of the climbing motions.  For those who are unable to do some of the more aggressive activities for weight bearing, walking up hills is a great alternative.

It Can Concentrate Muscle Activity

Since several things are being combined at one time, more muscles are given a workout.  It can help to tone the legs as well as stretch the muscles involved. It may create more power from those muscles due to the nature of the exercise as the muscles can gain more strength.

It Can Do More in Less Time

The real deal of walking up hills is that those of us who are busy can still get in a workout without sacrificing so much personal and family time.  Many evenings I have come home late only to feel that I needed to get out and spend an hour walking or riding a bicycle. When we choose walking up hills, we can cut our time considerably.  The workout can be every bit as effective. All we really have to do is locate that right spot. It may be in a park, or maybe right down the street. When you have the availability of hills near your home, you can plan ahead and maximize your time and effort.  Don’t get unable to sustain the work you have been doing. Find a place, and walk those hills when time is short. You can still get the full benefit.

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


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