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Why an Active Lifestyle Matters

By Stephen R. Farris

You may see people in your everyday life who seem to be doing nothing to stay fit, or they don't eat the things they should be eating in order to stay healthy. They don't realize that down the road it could lead to an array of adverse health conditions.

Inactivity could lead to a loss in muscle strength, bones grow weaker, and fewer calories get burned, thus leading to weight gain. Your metabolism slows down. You could develop poor circulation and it could be harder to fight through sickness due to a weakened immune system.

So it's very important to be active, not only for the exercise benefits, but for a healthier body in general. Good nutrition is just as important. If you're not eating the right kinds of foods in your everyday diet, it might be even harder to stay active, plus your body is not getting much needed nutrients and minerals for your joints and muscles. Let's not forget to mention the effects inactivity plays on the heart, as in possible development of heart disease, along with obesity and type 2 diabetes, to name a few.

Getting On Track

It doesn't take much to really get started toward a more active lifestyle goal. Simply stand on your feet and start walking. Yes, it's just that simple. However, instead of just taking a casual stroll to the end of your street and back -- which isn't bad to begin with -- make it a whole block and do so in a fashion that gets the heart rate up a little. After doing this a few times a week, increase the distance to two blocks and keep adding as time allows. Of course there are other exercise options as well to get you on track to being active.

Start at Home

There are plenty of ways to be active, even at home. What's the number one thing that a house always needs. The answer is cleaning. There's laundry to be done, dishes to wash, floors that need sweeping or mopping, carpets to vacuum, meals to be cooked, windows to be cleaned. It's a lot of work, but doing all this will ensure you're doing something active. Plus it's beneficial and essential to your overall well-being.

Staying Active on the Job

For some of us, we sit at a desk during our workday pounding away on keyboards. Sure, we're keeping our fingers active, but what about the rest of our body? In order to avoid constant inactivity, we can start getting up from our desks a little more. Take breaks every hour or so and walk down the hallway or around the office for a few minutes. Use the stairs instead of the elevator. Take a brisk walk during lunch hour. These are just a few ideas for staying active throughout your everyday life.

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

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