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It May the Little Things That Count for Health

By Tom Herrin

As anyone looks to do something to improve their health, they really don't have to do a whole lot.  For many who are in need of more exercise, they likely do too many things the easy way.  One of the side effects, if it may be called that, of living in a world filled with modern conveniences is that people fail to get enough exercise.  When so much is done the easy way, lots of steps are saved.  While this may save time, it also creates risks for health.  Once people cease to be active, they don't get much good exercise.

Age Should Not Restrict Activity

When people age, many of them tend to feel as if they deserve a break from everyday activity.  It is not that there are never times for people to take it easy, but getting older is not a time for them to stop activity completely.  It has been said that the recommended amount of exercise for people 65 or older is a minimum of 2 1/2 hours per week.  This is believed to help manage blood pressure, prevent heart disease and some cancers, and protect against a few other health issues.  It is unfortunate that it is generally believed that among those in that age group, fewer than 20 percent get enough exercise.

Small Amounts of Exercise May Be Best

Even though many likely believe that they should go as hard as possible in their workout, some studies may show differently.  One from The Lancet Psychiatry indicated that there was a certain threshold and that once people passed it, their benefits seemed to decline.  It found that those who exercised for more than six hours per week experienced more stress and depression than those who did so for two to six hours.  

Create Your Own Plan

The most important thing to remember about exercising may be that it should be done with some kind of regularity.  Those random spurts or lags don't really do much.  I try to find ways to exercise when doing something ordinary.  I may park near the edge of a parking lot when I go to a store or take the stairs instead of the elevator.  Getting in a few minutes more each day can add up.  Shooting for 30 minutes a day, even if it means 10 minutes or so at a time, can get us moving the way we should.  This may be far more productive than any of us may realize.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Englewood, N.J.

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