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Practical Exercise May Be Your Thing

By Tom Herrin

Exercising for the sake of it can be a bit of a drag.  While some can really get into it, others find it too draining.  They simply cannot get motivated to stay with it long-term.  If this is the case for you, it may be more practical for you to find something that you feel may have some practical purpose.  Once you can justify what you are doing in your mind, it may be a little easier to get out there and become immersed in it.  When I became interested in riding a bicycle, I began to look for things to do that could be useful.  With the nearest post office about three miles from my home, I began to ride my bike there some evenings to mail bills or letters. 

Power Walking Is Useful

If you do much walking in your everyday routine, power walking may be helpful to you.  It can be a good way to build endurance and a little overall body muscle.  It can be done in parks, trails, or along sidewalks.  It can be pretty challenging if you really push yourself.  Some people also do this in groups.  When I was in college, I found myself doing this a lot as I tried to make time going from class to class.  It was a lot better than trying to find a park, and it didn't require anything special.

Swimming Is a Good Skill

Everyone can benefit from swimming.  It is useful in many ways.  Many people swim regularly for exercise.  It works well for those who may have suffered some kind of injury and are attempting to support healing.  It can build endurance and support the heart.  For the most part, it does not have limits as to age as many people in their 80s and 90s swim regularly as part of their conditioning program.

Martial Arts Can Keep You in Shape

If you have never participated in martial arts, you may not be aware of just how much work is involved.  There is a lot of discipline necessary to be successful.  The training will help to strengthen and tone muscles while developing good self-defense skills.  It also can help to build confidence.  If you would like to have more purpose for you workout, you may want to sign up for a martial arts class.

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

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