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Everyone Needs Some Exercise

By Tom Herrin

People make a lot of choices.  It may be difficult for some.  While it may not seem like it, everything that happens is a result of choices/ There are some cases in which the choice made is to make none at all.  This is not intended to be a play on words, but ignoring an action is, for some, the way they move along with their lives.  Exercise is actually pretty simple.  It can help the body function well but does not have to be elaborate.  With a little thinking ahead, most people get enough exercise by making some small adjustments to their daily routine.

Exercise Is a Must for Cardio Health

Most people likely know that if they want to improve the function of their heart and cardiovascular system, they need to get some kind of regular exercise.  It is unfortunate that so many have gotten into a routine of relying on electronic devices.  It has been said that less than 1 in 5 people aged 65 and older gets enough exercise.  People tend to become so dependent on other things and seem to stop doing things for themselves.  Making a point to do a little more effort to do the ordinary everyday things may make the difference.

A Minimum Amount May Help

Even though it would be great for everyone to get several hours of exercise each week, as little as 2 1/2 hours per week may be an adequate amount.  That amounts to only 30 minutes per day, five days per week.  This may not have to be all that organized, but should probably be consistent.  This could be accomplished by walking at a good pace or any of several other things.  As long as it is taxing enough to make it a little difficult to do something -- such as sing while you're doing it -- it may be good.

Moderate Activity vs. Virtually No Activity

We all have to make up our minds just what kind of price we are willing to pay for better health.  According to one study, people who walk only two hours per week were 26 percent less likely to die early than those who were considered sedentary.  I find it as tough as anyone to find the time, but I have also found that if I would just try to do some things the old way rather that some easy way, I can get more exercise.  At times, I will ride my bicycle to the post office, about two miles down the road, to mail a letter rather than drive.  It makes me feel great.  Walking to the store three blocks down the road is another thing I sometimes do.  Think about what you can do to add even a little more activity to your schedule.  It may improve your health more than you may think.

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

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