Just How Strong Do You Need to Be?
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes we feel the need for more strength when we are lifting and toting groceries, picking up kids, and trudging thorugh a whole day of work. But somehow we always manage. Over the long haul, health experts tell us this will change. Thirty-year-olds lose a third of their strength by the time they reach 70. By 90 they lose half.
Long range or right now, it never hurts to have a little extra muscle to apply to the situation. That’s why it might be a good idea to double your efforts with chiropractic assistance and regular strength workouts.
Good Wellness Options
Your local clinic, The Joint Chiropractic, offers a wellness base that can help you get in shape and hold the line with a better body and the best strength exercises.
Licensed chiropractors have the experience and training to help you get on track and stay there. It starts with a spinal adjustment that makes sure your body is working well. The spine houses the delicate nervous system that controls everything we do. When misalignments are corrected, chiropractic patients may get far-reaching relief in neck, back, and sciatica. They may also feel new energy, better digestion and improved metabolism.
When you stop in, your chiropractor will want to talk about your daily activities and review your medical history. From there, the two of you can chart an ongoing chiropractic and strength training regimen. Coupled with aerobic exercises, you will be helping to prevent heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and osteoporosis, according to healthharvard.edu. The wonderful intangibles of vitality should show up too, as daily tasks and weight management become easier.
How to Get Started
You can use free weights, such as barbells and dumbbells. You can do yoga, where you lift your own weight with many of the poses. You can use weighted ankle cuffs and vests or flex elastic resistance bands with your arms and legs. You can buy equipment, join a gym, or look for community classes.
See what exercises are the most comfortable for you, and most important, start gradually. A beginning workout can be 20 minutes, three or four times a week, with results showing up in four to eight weeks.
Before you begin the program, see your doctor and discuss your health profile to find the correct formula for you.
As you work on strength, your local chiropractor, The Joint Chiropractic, can be an excellent resource, ready when you are. The Joint offers private affordable care programs that eliminate the need for insurance, and flexible weekday, weekend and evening hours. Walk-in visits are welcome.