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Do You Really Need an Intense Workout?

By Tom Herrin

The notion that the only way to get in good enough condition to protect health is to break some heavy sweat may not be all that accurate.  The real truth is that people may be able to get in pretty good condition by simply staying the course.  In other words, if they will enhance the things they are currently doing with some kind of regularity.  Most people have simple tasks they perform daily but usually do so in a manner that requires the least effort.  That simple fact is they may likely be able to get an adequate amount of exercise through these activities with only a little additional effort.

Make the Shift From Sedentary to Active

Just because someone has been relatively inactive their entire life does not mean they can't make a significant change.  In a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine followed more than 100,000 people, the results showed that those who walked only two hours per week had a 26 percent less chance of early death than those who were sedentary.  That little bit of activity can really pay off.

Should People Really Retire?

Retirement means lots of different things to lots of different people.  Many seem to believe that it is the time in which they should cease all physical activity and take it easy.  Taking it easier may be good as most may benefit from some degree of slowing down, or possibly making a change of routine.  They should continue to be active though.  It has been recommended that those 65 or older get a minimum of 2 1/2 hours of moderate exercise per week.  It is estimated that fewer than 20 percent actually get that amount.  That retirement may be better spent as an opportunity to have a less stressful life but still get some regular activity.

Do What You Can to Add Quality to Life

Most of us could stand to add a few steps to our lives each day.  I try to find the simple ways to do that.  When possible, I will take the stairs instead of the elevator.  I also try to park out near the edge of a parking lot so that I will have to walk a little more to reach the door.  When I have the chance to walk to some place that I may otherwise drive to, I will.  It doesn't take a large effort, just a conscious one.

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

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