HEALTHY LIVING

PATIENT INFORAMATION FROM THE AMERICAN CHIROPRATIC ASSOCIATION.

HOW DO I START

Develop a plan for an exercise program and stick with it.  Make your exercise program an integral part of your normal daily activities-or us normal daily activities to help your muscles and bones become as healthy as possible:

  1. Research shows that "functional exercises"- those that mimic actual daily activities, such as walking up and down stairs and getting in and out of a chair-can be quite effective.
  2. Some research suggests that people that live in two-story houses are less prone to certain types of heart disease.  Repeatedly climbing a flight of stars or rising from and returning to a seated position helps build leg strength and aerobic fitness.  If you hold a weight during these exercises, you can increase your level of physical activity even further.
  3. Household chores, such as vacuuming, loading and emptying the dishwasher, and moving wet laundry from the washer to the dryer can increase strength and flexibility.  lift with your legs, when necessary.

I'VE BEEN INACTIVE FOR SO LONG.  WON'T IT HURT TO EXERCISE?

Check with your doctor of chiropractic or other health care provider before starting any exercise or physical fitness program.   

You can always become as physically fit as possible, given your current health status and limitations.  When you commit to a physical fitness program, you will move toward enjoying life more fully.

First, pick an activity that you enjoy doing and perform it regularly.  Second, begin your exercise program gradually, starting with five minutes of exercise each day.

If you have been inactive for some time, you may feel some small aches and pains.  They will fade with time.  Be sure to tell your doctor if you experience any unusual pain or other symptoms while or after performing your exercises.

WHAT FITNESS PROGRAM WILL HELP ME MOST?

The best exercise program should be tailored to your individual health status.  Your doctor of chiropractic can help you plan the fitness program that is right for you.  Typically, low-impact activities that keep joints moving and minimize pain, such as walking, swimming, and water-based exercise, are effective.  Research has shown that exercise can reduce joint stiffness, pain and inflammation associated with arthritic conditions, which affect most of us. 

Doctors of chiropractic can not only help restore muscle and joint function that has been affected by injury, illness, and age-related conditions, but they can also maintain the health and flexibility of your muscles and bones.  They often prescribe exercise to prevent and treat many of these conditions, helping older patients to remain active and independent.