Everett Chiropractic Center Blog

September 1, 2012

A Little (Exercise) Can Go A Long Way

Filed under: Exercise, Wellness care, Workplace Wellness — Tags: , , , — doctordilday @ 2:35 pm

It’s true. And when I say a little I mean a little time spent doing exercise, mostly. But it’s also true that doing not much in the way of exercise (say walking) can also go a long way toward building health if you do enough of it.

Remembering that most people start exercising to lose weight, and most people stop exercising because they don’t have enough time, it’s important to get the most our of the exercise you do.

Whatever your reason for exercising, you have constraints of time, energy, money, and your current level of health and fitness.

Given those constraints look for something that you know you will be able to faithful to, and something that you know you can handle physically without putting yourself at risk of a set back. This will narrow down your choices. In our area choosing to walk or run outside without being willing to do it in the rain is a good example of how people sabotage their program at the design stage. Another is choosing to follow a popular TV program (can you say “Insanity”) when they don’t look anything like the people on TV doing the program – and can’t handle it.

Next it might be wise to look for the option that will give you the specific results that you want. In my world, for example, I help people stabilize their spine by working their “core” muscles and strengthening their spine muscles early on. This builds a foundation they can build on it in terms of cardiovascular endurance, overall strength, flexibility, etc.

From among the remaining choices, next choose the option that you like the most. If it’s fun you will be more likely to do it.

Sometimes you have to do things you don’t really like, at a level that won’t really get you too far, for longer than you wish, just because of the above constraints. It’s like eating some health foods. We don’t eat them because we love them; we eat them because they are health foods and we choose health.

You can get fit. It takes some time but not as much as you might think. It can be done safely. You can enjoy it. And a little can go a long way.

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4 Comments »

  1. So true. Thanks for the reminder that making time to exercise pays great dividends and is worth the effort. I can’t remember a time that I regretted exercising. ~S

    Comment by iconicallyrare — September 1, 2012 @ 2:45 pm

  2. I agree; never had a bad experience after a workout–short or long– because it ALWAYS makes me feel better:)

    Comment by wartica — September 1, 2012 @ 4:01 pm


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