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Investing Time in Lifetime Sports Can Support Health

By Tom Herrin

When we think of things to do to help preserve and maintain good health, we often think we may need to develop a better routine of regular exercise or running.  While both of these are good, we can have a lot more variety in our lives and still improve health.  Just because it may be good for us does not mean it has to be something that we dread.  For years, many schools have added lifetime sports into their curriculum in hopes that people will have something to motivate them more fully.  For those of us who may tend to dread some of the regular exercise rituals that can wear on us, participating in lifetime sports can seem like a much easier way.

Decide What We Want to Accomplish

The goal for most of us in physical activity is to be healthy.  Many people suggest that we should strive for 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least five days per week.  Some things to consider are the condition of our heart and circulatory system as well as our joints and any body part that is subject to injury from impact.  If we plan well, we can choose activities that can go well with our personal conditions.

Get Involved at Your Own Level

If you decide to get into a lifetime sport, it may be helpful to figure out what works best for you.  Some of us are very social and fit well into group activities.  Others of us are a little more introverted and prefer a sport that can fit our personality.  Thinking ahead as we begin to make those decisions can help us to head in the right direction as we get out and take the plunge.

There Are Plenty of Things to Consider

If we determine that we need heavy exercise, there are plenty of things from which to choose.  There are all kinds of leagues for youth and adults.  Softball, basketball, and soccer leagues can be found all around most communities.  There are also biking and running clubs.  For those who would rather take it a little easier, there is always golf, tennis, or even walking in a park.  If we want to get some good exercise with a partner or spouse, dancing can offer some pretty good workouts.  The main thing is to get involved and get healthier.

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

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