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Go Hard or Make It Simple for Health?

By Tom Herrin

Very often, the first thing that comes to mind when anyone mentions getting in better shape is lots of sweat and heavy breathing.  The fact is that it does not have to be the case.  Those images of big workouts may sometimes cloud the picture to the extent that people may become discouraged and fail to pursue any kind of real improvement.  The factor that is missing more often than not with lots of people is simply moving.  It is really the small things that can build health into something better.

Older Does Not Mean Easier

While it is not that difficult to do something to have a real impact on health, people still have to do something.  Too many times, people seem to feel that they deserve time off from any real activity.  It has been recommended that those 65 or older get at least 2 1/2 hours per week of moderate exercise.  This does not sound like all that much, but it is believed that fewer than 20 percent of those in that age group get that amount.  As a result, they often suffer from problems that may be avoided with a better routine of activity.

It May Never Be Too Late to Start

Many have the idea that if they can't go all the way, they will just not start, or if they are too out of condition, they can never regain it.  This could not be less true.  Even those who were never active when they were younger may still improve their health by starting now.  Alpa Patel, PhD, of the American Cancer Society stated something to the effect that anyone who had been sedentary would see an immediate improvement in their health once they begin to be active.

Making Your Own Program Is Best

We all do some things as a matter of routine or habit.  Whether it is taking out the trash, walking the dog, or going to the market, we have to move when we do so.  I try to do some of the little things I normally do just a little more.  I try to take the stairs when possible.  I also try to find things I can walk to do instead of drive.  I almost always look for a place to park well away from the door to the supermarket when I go so I can walk a few more steps to get there.  It doesn't take much, but getting those 30 minutes, or so, of activity per day may do wonders.

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

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