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Would You Consider Boating as Exercise?

By Tom Herrin

Normally when we think of exercise, we think of going through a typical routine with serious repetitions.  For some, it works because it is something we can count on.  We may check off the minutes as we go through the series of activities.  But this does not work well for all of us.  Some of us can't really get into this kind of activity, but we enjoy the outdoors and get out when we can.  Sometimes we just need more reasons to do so.  If we look around, there are some good options for non-traditional activities.

When Was the Last Time You Were on a Playground?

Playgrounds are just for kids, right?  Yes and no.  They are obviously designed for kids, but there are some good things any of us can do on them.  Many playgrounds have things such as parallel bars and overhead ladders.  Some of them also have climbing walls.  Any of these can require a fair bit of physical effort to do and may be a good place to start.  Spending a little time on a playground may occasionally be a good way to test your physical abilities.  It may also get you in touch with your own childhood.

Jumping Rope Can Be a Workout

Most of us have jumped rope at one time or another.  Some really like it, and others could probably care less.  It has always been recognized as a good way to get in shape and work on timing and coordination.  We may remember seeing boxers using it as a major part of their training.  There have been several programs in schools in which jumping rope was encouraged as a part of a fundraising program.  Besides raising money for a worthy cause, it was hoped it would encourage kids to jump rope as part of their lifetime activities.

Kayaking Can Be Fun and a Workout

If you have ever seen someone kayaking, you may have thought it seemed easy.  It may be somewhat, but it does require some skill and practice.  You will have to know how to roll the boat, and you will have to have the ability to roll it and keep it upright.  You may find it to be a fun workout, and you will probably be looking for more places to put it into the water.  If you like water activities, you are likely to enjoy kayaking.

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

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