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Simple Ways to Add Exercise Breaks

By Sandy Schroeder

As fall comes sailing through, we all want to be in shape, but sometimes it can be hard to find the time.

Making it happen may be easier than you think. See your doctor for suggestions and exercise approval, and then expand your regular workouts with some extra options.

Here are some easy ideas from

Help a team or join one – If you have kids playing soccer, you might volunteer to help out at practice. Or look around for an adult sports league to join. Practices and games use up lots of energy and often generate new friends. Check out the volleyball or soccer teams in your community.

Walk a lot more – Park the car and walk everywhere in your community. Walk to run errands, visit neighbors, or attend local events. Walk the dog or walk with your kids after dinner.

Hike some – Check out local wilderness hikes and nature walks. Camping, fishing or boating works, too. Check your community’s recreational guides for more weekend activities.

Biking  – Keep your bike ready for after work runs, or weekend trips to the park with the kids. If you are close enough, bike to work.

Branch out – Look for online discounts to take paddleboard, rock climbing or sailing lessons.

Volunteer – Lend your services and consider involving your family in park or beach cleanups, or work at animal or marine shelters.

Try yoga – If you are new or returning, there are yoga poses for everything, including energy, sleep, and stress reduction.

Explore tai chi – Many tai chi classes are held outdoors in parks. Observe a class and then try the gentle flow of standing tai chi movements that relax the mind and strengthen the body.

Add some sneakers – Keep a pair in the car, another at work and some near the door to remind you to walk. When you are waiting to pick up your kids, or handling after school lessons, quick walks work.

At home sessions – Set up everything that you need to exercise while you are on the phone, or cooking dinner. Jumping rope, ankle and wrist weights, and a yoga mat will get you started.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Lincoln, Nebr.

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