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Lifetime Sports and Better Health Go Well Together

By Tom Herrin

It is often a pretty good struggle to find time to make ourselves get the kind of exercise we know is best for us.  Life can simply get in the way as we are busy with trying to do the best we can at work and balance our schedules trying to get our children all of the places they need to be.  Making time to exercise can seem like the last thing we can do.  A good option to traditional exercise is to participate in some kind of lifetime sport.  Many states require introducing them as part of a school's physical education program.  There are no limits as to what kinds of activities may be included, but they may provide a little more motivation for us to get involved.

Form Some Good Goals

Before deciding on just what you want to do as an activity, it may be best to determine what you want to try to achieve.  We often hear the recommendation that we should try to  get at least 30 minutes per day of moderate exercise for a minimum of five days per week.  This seems to be a good guide as it still allows us a break to prevent burnout.  As we look at our goals, we have to determine just what kind of shape we are in as we begin.  Considering any kinds of ongoing injuries we have can be important.  The last thing we want to do is have another obstacle to interfere with our efforts to get healthier.

Decide What Kind of Setting Fits You

If you tend to be more social, you may want to get into something that has a lot of group activities.  There are plenty of sports that are designed for groups.  On the other hand, if you are more comfortable doing your thing while keeping a safe distance from others, there are some activities that can allow you this kind of social independence as you still get the maximum benefit from your time investment.

Ponder the List and Choose Accordingly

When it comes to lifetime sports, there are no hard and fast rules.  They range from activities such as golf and tennis to some that are much more involved and physical such as softball and basketball leagues play.  If you are into social activities, dancing can be a great way to spend time with others while improving fitness.  For those who prefer to go it alone, swimming or biking can do a lot.  There are really no rules or limits.

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

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