The Benefits of Light Exercise

Successfully maintaining and improving upon your physical health does not necessarily require you to uphold an overly rigorous exercise regimen. There are a variety of light exercises and activities that have been shown to effectively promote overall physical well-being. Adding one or more of these activities to your routine can help you to live a healthier life while aiding in the prevention of various bodily pains and ailments.

Americans Need More Physical Activity

Less than half of all adults get the recommended amount of physical activity.

  • Adults need at least 2 and 1/2 hours (150 minutes) a week of aerobic physical activity. This should be at a moderate level, such as a fast-paced walk for no less than 10 minutes at a time.
  • Women and older adults are not as likely to get the recommended level of weekly physical activity.
  • Inactive adults have higher risk for early death, heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, depression, and some cancers.
  • Regular physical activity helps people get and keep a healthy weight.
  • Walkable communities result in more physical activity.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Older couple going for a run outside

Go for A Walk

There are many tangible benefits associated with going for walks on a regular basis. Walking can help boost your blood circulation, decrease your blood pressure, and help improve overall heart health. This form of light exercise can also lead to a better night’s sleep while enhancing your mood throughout the day. And if you push yourself a little by going for slightly faster paced brisk walk, you will burn more calories and further improve muscle strength.

It is important to practice proper posture while walking. Practicing good posture when taking a walk is a great way to prevent back pain and promote a healthier spine. To maximize the physical health benefits of walking while minimizing the risk of getting injured, you may want to consider trying custom orthotics. At Merckling Family Chiropractic, we can take a 3D scan of your feet in order to provide you with Foot Levelers stabilizing orthotics, tailored specifically to the unique shape of your feet.

Hiker by a lake enjoying nature


You don’t need to climb Mount Everest to experience the health benefits provided by going for a hike. A leisurely stroll through nature can help improve cardiovascular health while building stronger muscles and joints. Hiking has also been proven to reduce stress, providing an array of mental health benefits. While many physical activities or exercises may not be widely considered as fun, hiking includes the additional benefit provided by being surrounded by nature. Whether bird watching, enjoying the beautiful foliage and surrounding scenery, or just taking a moment to breathe in the fresh air, hiking can invigorate the senses, simultaneously promoting physical and mental health.

Living a Healthier Life

There are many other forms of light exercise you can take part in to live a healthier life. At Merckling Family Chiropractic, not only do we provide effective chiropractic care, but we can also work with you to develop an exercise routine tailored to your physical fitness level and overall lifestyle. Contact us today or schedule an appointment so we can help you begin your journey to natural wellness.

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