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Why Health Becomes Such a Balancing Act

By Sandy Schroeder

It seems like there is always more to do when we try to improve our exercise efforts. Sometimes we get everything done, sometimes not. If you feel like you are sometimes lagging and often confused, it might be good to pare everything down to the basics.

The U.S physical activity guidelines tell us to do 150 minutes of moderate aerobics and 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week. They also suggest working toward 300 minutes of moderate activity or 150 minutes of vigorous activity. In moderate exercises you are able to talk but not sing. In vigorous activity you can barely manage a few words.

Use Three Ways to Make Exercise Work

Do strength activities twice a week - Exercise chest, shoulders, arms, legs, hips, back, chest and abdomen.

Add balance routines - Improve your performance on the courts and lower your risk of falling with balance exercises such as one-legged stands.

Retain flexibility with stretching - Slip in a stretching routine before breakfast, after lunch and right before bedtime. Ten minutes of stretching goes a long way with a yoga forward fold to reach your toes, or a simple stand up and squat routine in the office.

Every Bit Counts

Don't give up if you feel overwhelmed. Keep doing as much as you can and you may be surprised at how quickly your body responds and your exercise routines improve.

Let Chiropractic Help

You may need a great wellness coach to keep you focused. That's where chiropractic comes in. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you staffs a wellness center with doctors of chiropractic who can help you with pain relief, fitness skills and overall health maintenance.

When you come in, your chiropractor will explain how spinal health works. The spine keeps us mobile and the central nervous system inside provides the brain-to-body communication that keeps the body functioning.

Gentle targeted spinal adjustments may be the answer for you to erase aches and pains and rediscover what life feels like when you sleep better, have extra energy, and feel totally alert. Some individuals say it is like turning a page.

Often they want to keep turning the page with weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments that create a flow of benefits. This time can also be used to focus on your commitment to aerobics, stretching and strength routines.

Vary aerobics - Swim, bike, or dance to make the time productive and enjoyable.

Strength exercises - Start with small weights to create a gradual routine or try yoga, lifting your own weight to build muscle and improve balance.

Stretching routine - Avoid injury and hang onto your range of motion with simple daily stretches morning and evening.

When you are ready to start, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. No appointments are needed and weekend and evening hours are available. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance.

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

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