Chiropractic Tip: Learn to Love Exercise
By Sandy Schroeder
Reframing how we feel about exercise could be the best thing that we do for our health. Maria Godoy, NPR senior editor for science, food and health said it was literally her job to know the risks of being sedentary, but she had two small kids, a full-time job and recurring insomnia that cut into her workouts.
What Happened Next
When she reframed her view of exercise she went from "couch potato to fitness buff." Life simply turned around.
She Began Moving a Lot More
She recommends learning to love exercise, or at least like it. Take every opportunity to move more. Walk as much as possible, bike rather than drive, stand instead of sitting, and stay active in the evening.
Don't Let 150 Minutes Throw You
That 150-minute requirement of mandatory weekly exercise can become a psychological barrier if you let it. Don't let it overwhelm you. Start chipping away with 10-, 15-, 20- and 30-minute chunks that are really not that hard to do. See how many minutes you can rack up each day at work, at home, and at the gym.
- Walk to see people instead of emailing
- Consider an adjustable work platform to sit and stand
- Do squats at your desk
- Do walk and talk meetings and discussions
- Resurrect your treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike
- Do mat stretches while you watch Netflix
- Even vacuuming and mopping count
Create a Craving for Exercise
Godoy says a curious thing can happen when you start exercising more. Your body and your spirit may not feel right when you skip exercising, and you may miss the energy that it generates. When you start exercising again, you will probably feel better and find exercise fuels everything that you do.
How Chiropractic Fits
If Godoy's exercise path sounds tempting, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to make it happen. The Joint Chiropractic licensed chiropractors help people find fitness solutions every day.
Bring your issues in and talk with your chiropractor about the specifics. After a review of your daily schedule and health history, a gentle targeted spinal adjustment may ease aches and pains and create an overall sense of well-being. From there your fitness goals can take shape with the help of your chiropractor.
Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may be the best platform to keep you at your peak and focused on new routines.
- Schedule fitness sessions on your calendar
- Get up early to walk, run or jog
- Add exercise to your lunch
- Walk with your kids or the dog after work
- Stay active on the weekends with biking, hiking or camping
When you are ready to start stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance. No appointments are needed and weekend and evening hours are available.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.