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Short on Time Is No Reason to Miss Exercise

By Tom Herrin

Time seems to be the enemy of a lot of people.  Most are guilty of trying to cram so much into the hours in a day that are available that they simply run out of minutes.  In this case, something usually has to give.  It may be sleep, food, or exercise.  None of these are actually expendable.  When they have this problem, they often have to make some tough choices.  Giving up any of them can cost good health.  In this case, reducing the time for some things may be the next best option.  It is not good to go short on sleep or try to eat too fast.  This leaves exercise as the one that may be the easiest to limit without sacrificing too much.  It is possible to get a decent workout in only minutes.

Go Hard for a Short Time

Some people subscribe to the idea of going at it with great intensity for a few minutes and then tempering their activity from there.  For some, this can work well.  Several studies have been made on these kinds of programs.  Some focus on working out at a moderate pace, then they will go hard for anywhere from a few seconds to a minute or two.  When the results of these have been studied, they have been fairly good.  Many of these include something such as pedaling a spin cycle or stationary bike.  For those looking for some way to make a program work well while still saving time, some of these may be worth a look.

Some Go for Simply Shortening What They Do

Modifying a program to work, as stated previously, is good for some.  Another option is simply to shorten what they may already do.  For runners, cutting the running time to less than 10 minutes per day on a regular basis has proven to be an effective way to protect people from heart disease.

Make a Plan That Is Personal

No matter what we have always believed, exercise is not all or none.  In the past, I felt that if I didn't spend a good hour exercising, I was failing to do anything that helped me.  I now know that this was a cultural misunderstanding on my part.  I can make pretty good progress by simply planning ahead; that is, I need to have a plan that includes some exercises that can help me to achieve my personal goals.  I enjoy working out as much as anyone, but as I have gotten older, I realize that a short one can be extremely productive.

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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