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Exercising for Better Health Is Not That Hard

By Tom Herrin

The idea of getting into an exercise program in order to help protect against some common health problems can be a good one.  Exercise is critical to overall good health.  When people get a sufficient amount, they may be able to manage blood pressure, support heart health, and offer protection from a few other health issues.  What may be surprising is that it is not necessary to go to great lengths.  This may be what discourages many, but the small daily activities may be ample to fill the need if they are done right.

Even the Inactive People Can Change

Some people have spent just about their entire lives being sedentary.  Maybe they're just unmotivated.  These individuals can make changes for the better that can possibly improve health from day one.  Simply picking up some of those small practices may be enough.  Dr. Alpa Patel of the American Cancer Society said, effectively, that anytime someone went from inactivity to any kind of activity, they would improve their health.  In addition, anything they did beyond that would likely continue to boost it.  

Older Can Mean Better

A lot of times, people think of those who are older as being less able.  The bigger problem is that some of those older individuals think so as well.  This does not have to be the case at all.  It is generally recommended that those 65 or older should get a minimum of 2 1/2 hours of moderate exercise per week.  While this is not really that much, it has been estimated that fewer than 20 percent of those in that group get that amount.  Too many of them seem to put away the walking shoes and sit back and relish the thought of their retirement.  At the same time, they may be doing themselves harm, or allowing it to happen.

You Can Set Your Own Pace

You do not have to make yourself work all that hard to get a little healthier.  A simple but steady pace may be able to do a lot.  If you can get that recommended two or three hours of exercise per week, you may be able to manage blood pressure, combat heart disease, and deter several other health problems.  I like to try to add steps to whatever I do.  I may take the stairs when I can, park at the outer edge of a parking lot and walk farther, or find some other way to spend a few more minutes walking.  It works for me.  See what it can do for you.

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

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