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Long Workouts Are Not the Only Way

By Tom Herrin

When it comes time for people to get in shape, or stay that way, many feel that they have to do so for an extended period of time.  This is likely more custom than fact.  While it often feels good to get in that exercise at the right time, for many, time is the most difficult thing they have to deal with.  After rushing around in an attempt to cram in just a little bit more, they sometimes meet themselves at the end of their proverbial rope.  This can cause frustration and resignation.  No one wants to admit failure but giving up may seem to be the end result.  Rather than end up in this state of mind, designing a shorter program may accomplish the real purpose.  

Running or Jogging 

There are plenty of people who truly enjoy getting out and hitting the trail.  It can provide a rewarding feeling after a hectic day.  The only downside is that, many times, when minutes seem to be in short supply, people may feel frustrated about their inability to make enough time available to do it justice.  That simple fact is that even a few short minutes per day may be an adequate amount of time to do some real good.  According to the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, running as little as seven minutes per day may cut the risk of death from heart disease by as much as 45 percent.  In a world in which this is a major health issue, this is a substantial number.

You Don't Have to Run

Some people just are not cut out for running that much.  Whether it is due to body type or preference, they may prefer other options.  Riding some kind of exercise bike works well for many.  A Japanese study found that people who rode one for 10 minutes per day were happier and better able to perform various mental functions.  Happy and healthy are often a good combination.  

Do What Works for You

There is no magic formula for everyone.  We all have different demands and schedules.  For those of us who need to make that extra time, shortening that workout may serve the purpose we seek to serve.  Establishing our goals and working toward them in an orderly manner may be all it takes.  I have tried some of these shorter workouts with good success.  Maybe it will work for you.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Valley City, Utah.

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