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Exercises That Work and Last a Lifetime

By Genevieve Cunningham

No matter your age or current body condition, exercise is one of the best things that you can do for your health. It should be a staple in everyone's life. Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys exercise. They do it only because they have to, but if given the choice, they'd rather be doing almost anything else. Sound familiar? If this hits a little close to home, your best bet is to find a gentle exercise that really works and can last your entire lifetime. But does such an exercise even exist? If you need a workout plan to start now and keep forever, take a look at these great options to try today.

Walking

Walking is a lot better for your health than most people realize. They think because it's so gentle, so easy on the body, that it's not effective. But that's not true at all. Walking is a good form of cardio that still engages the muscles, burns calories, but does so in a gentle way. It's an excellent way to keep your body in shape without raising the risk of injury. And it's easy to implement into your schedule. Take a walk in the morning, after work, during lunch, or with your family in the evening. No matter when you get moving, you'll reap the benefits and improve your overall health.

Swimming

Swimming is fun, which is why many dismiss it as serious exercise. But if you skip the splashing around and go straight for swimming laps, you'll see just how serious this exercise can be. Swimming is hard. Really hard! After only a few laps, you'll likely have a burning face, tired muscles, and exhausted lungs. But over time, you'll gain so much stamina and strength from this exercise. Find a pool, buy a suit, and swim your way to incredible health. 

Yoga

Yoga is both gentle and incredibly difficult. And the best part is that you're in control over the difficulty level. If something is too much for your body, you can modify. If something is too easy, you can try a harder variation of the pose. Yoga stretches and strengthens the muscles, improves balance, and helps you develop core strength. It's a great way to improve your overall health, but without overtaxing your body. You can try it in a formal class at your local gym, or you can simply search for a video on the internet to follow along with at home.

When it comes to exercise, we have to find something we love. We have to find something that lasts. Something that we can enjoy right now, tomorrow, and in 20 years. And these gentle exercises are great places to begin! Use these as a guide to get you moving in the right direction, and you'll be on your way to better health in no time at all. 

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Oklahoma City, Okla.

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