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You Don't Need to Run a Marathon

By Donna Kostiew

We have all heard how exercise is good for the heart, is good for the soul, how it keeps us young, and how it keeps parents sane when they send their children outside to get some. Exercise improves circulation, reduces the risk of heart disease, and helps people lose weight. It’s even good for the spine by preventing back injuries and reducing back pain. There are so many benefits to exercise, that it seems kind of silly that so many people have an adverse reaction to it. But I understand those adverse reactions because I am usually one of those people giving them.

Don’t Like Gyms? No Problem!

You don’t need to be an extreme athlete to receive the benefits from exercise because research has shown that even a moderate amount is enough to improve your overall health and well-being. And surprise, surprise … you don’t need to sign up at a gym either. Adding small amounts of exercise into your day is enough to give you all of the health benefits your body needs.

Benefits from Regular Exercise

The health benefits of exercising on a regular basis are many. Here are a few.

  • Lowers the risk of heart disease
  • Decreases blood pressure
  • Makes you look good in your jeans
  • Prevents and maintains diabetes
  • Reduces bone loss
  • Makes you look good in your jeans
  • Strengthens the heart and lungs
  • Improves sleep
  • Relieves depression and anxiety
  • Did I say how good you look in your jeans?

Everyone is different and we all have our own unique level of fitness. What works for one person won’t for another, so the key is to find a healthy level of exercise for yourself … you don’t need to do the same workout as your tri-athlete neighbor does. The recommended guideline is typically around 30 minutes of moderate exercise, five days a week, to maintain good health. But if you can’t find the time to do that, don’t give up. Just add in smaller increments of moderately intense exercise throughout your day. It turns out that by doing so, the health benefits will still add up as if you completed a full workout all at once.

You Only Need 10 Minutes

Here are some well-known tips on how to add in exercise during your busy week.

  • Take the stairs in place of an elevator
  • Go for a brisk walk during lunch
  • Do squats or lunges while watching TV
  • Power clean your house
  • Add in some chair dips while on those boring conference calls

It's never too late to begin a fitness routine that can help improve your health and well-being; as you can see, it doesn’t take much at all to add a little bit of exercise into your busy schedule.

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

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