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Hike for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

Do you feel like you are stuck in exercise routines that seem to do little good and bore you?  Even with our best intentions, it is easy to work at exercising only to meet a dead end.  We want results, but they may be difficult to find if we don't feel pretty good about how we get there.  For those of us who may fit in this category, there are plenty of other activities out there that we can participate in and have a lot more variety.  We simply have to think just a little bit outside the box.

Try Jumping Rope

Many of us probably recall seeing boxers jumping rope as part of their training.  It was a classic scenario in movies and on television.  Jumping rope is a good way to improve timing.  It can build endurance, too.  It is one of those activities that you can do while watching television, listening to music, or jogging.  Many schools have had programs in which children jumped rope as part of a fundraiser while encouraging them to adopt the activity as part of their regular routine.

Try Batting Cages

If you have played baseball or softball, you probably spent some time in a batting cage.  It is a common practice for those who want to improve or sharpen their hitting skills.  This may also serve as an activity to get a little exercise while trying to achieve a goal.  It may not be something you do all of the time, but it can be a good way to get moving while doing something you enjoy.  You can do it as part of a group and improve hand-eye coordination at the same time.

Hiking Can Be Rewarding

You may have done some hiking as a child.  It is a great way to build some endurance and overall body strength.  I have done some with my kids, and we thoroughly enjoyed spending time outdoors.  There are plenty of sights to see, and there are lots of places that have hiking trails.  Many parks and natural areas have marked trails and other things needed to support your efforts.  If you are new at it, you are wise to start slow.  You want to be certain to dress appropriately and have good shoes.  Having a good way to carry an adequate amount of water is essential, and you should never leave a marked path or wander away.  There is very little needed in the way of specialized equipment, so cost is very low.

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

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