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Does Cutting Corners Affect Your Health?

By Tom Herrin

The way of life in so many places today leads to looking for more ways to reduce steps and make things easier.  While this may be fine for some things, it may be detrimental to health in many others.  People were made to move.  As they have developed more ways to save time and effort, it has often come with a price.  Good health requires activity on a regular basis.  Keeping up some level of activity can do what many people later work so hard to do with an exercise program.  In reality, avoiding some of those shortcuts may be all it takes to help maintain better health.

Just the Right Amount of Exercise May Protect Mental Health

All facets of health may be affected by exercise.  This is obviously physical health, but mental health can also be affected.  What may be good news for many is that some of the greatest benefits may be had as the result of somewhat moderate exercise.  In a study from The Lancet Psychology, it was shown that those who worked out regularly experienced less depression than those who were sedentary.  What is even better news is that those who exercised two to six hours per week had less depression than those who worked out more than six hours per week.  This is a good example that more is not always better.

You May Never Be Too Old to Exercise

Though many people may feel that they have aged out when it comes to exercise, that is seldom the case.  It has been recommended that people 65 or older should get about 2 1/2 hours of exercise per week to help maintain good health, it is believed that fewer than 20 percent of those in that age group do so.  Who knows just how much of the health issues older people have may be attributed to inactivity?  Many of those who age that remain active appear to experience far fewer health problems.

Look for Little Things to Do

I try to keep myself active.  Avoiding taking the shortcuts on everything I do is not that difficult.  Walking to the corner store, taking the stairs when I can, or parking near the edge of the parking lot when I go to the supermarket all add a few steps to my day.  The reality is that we are not talking about extra hours but only a few extra minutes per day.  It can be pretty simple.  Evaluate your daily activities and see how you can be a little more active with only a little effort.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cedar Park, Tex.

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