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Only a Little More Exercise May Mean Better Health

By Tom Herrin

There seems to be countless advertisements for programs that purport to help improve health.  While most of them can certainly do lots of good things, maintaining good health may not be such a huge challenge.  In fact, there is plenty of information that indicates that small bits of regular exercise may do as much, or more, than many of those heavy duty programs.  Hours of agony and sacrifice may not always be the answer unless the individual simply enjoys the workout.  In many cases, those small things can build a foundation for better health with little or no real changes in routine.

Regular Exercise May Protect Health

Everyone needs some kind of exercise.  When they get the right amount, they are far more likely to maintain blood pressure at proper levels and avoid heart disease.  These are both pretty well known facts.  It may also help to keep away some cancers.  No matter their age, they can receive real benefits.  With individuals 65 and older, it is recommended that they exercise 2 1/2 hours per week.  While this sound manageable, it is estimated that fewer than 20 percent of those in this group get enough exercise.  Those small bits can really add up and should not be ignored.

Even Minimal Amounts of Activity May Payoff

Too many people seem to believe that if they are not able to get a large amount of heavy exercise, they cannot benefit.  This is not at all true.  Even small bits can help.  A study from the journal Hypertension found that in obese or overweight people, even 30 minutes of walking in the morning seemed to keep blood pressure lower throughout the day.  That should serve as a great incentive for anyone wanting to do some minimal activity to improve health.

Make Your Routine Work for You

Most of us have some things we do every day as a matter of routine.  It may be something as simple as taking out the trash or walking the dog.  We can make a little extra effort to allow these things to work for us.  Taking out that trash and circling the yard once as we do, or walking the dog for five more minutes, may help to increase activity.  I may take the stairs when I have the chance or park as far as possible from the front door of the supermarket.  These little things can add up in a big way.  

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

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