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Take a Walk for Better Health!

By Donna Stark

If you want to improve your overall health and fitness but aren't yet ready to sign up for a triathlon, you may be happy to hear that walking can help you reach your goals. Yes, that's right. Walking! Walking is a simple exercise that anyone can participate in. It's low-impact, it's easy to do, it's extremely versatile, and it's relatively inexpensive. All you need are some comfortable clothes and a supportive pair of shoes to be ready to go! But before you head out the door, let's take a look at some of the health benefits you can get from this body-friendly activity.

Aids in Weight Management

Since walking is an easy way to burn calories and fat, it is perfect for those who want to shed some pounds or maintain a healthy weight. Try to incorporate more walks into your days by taking a morning stroll with your dog, pushing your baby in the stroller, or taking a walk with your family after dinner. You can also simply add more steps to your days by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, walking to your coworker's desk instead of sending a message, or parking on the other side of the parking lot when you go to the store.

Improves Heart Health

By taking a simple walk around the neighborhood each day, you can improve the health of your heart! Try to walk at a moderate pace so you can get your heart pumping. This is important because it will help your heart gain strength and resiliency. If you aren't ready for an intense workout, start with baby steps, but try to increase your speed, distance, and intensity as quickly as you can.

Improves Joint and Bone Health

The more you walk, the healthier your joints and bones will be. Walking helps to keep your joints lubricated and the muscles surrounding those joints strong. It also improves the strength of your bones. These benefits can increase range of motion, reduce the risk of bone loss, and alleviate arthritis pain. Start at a slow pace if you need to but remember, you don't want to stay at that level for too long.

Boosts Your Energy and Productivity

Walking isn't only good for your physical health. By releasing the body's feel-good chemicals, it can also improve your energy and productivity. It will help you feel less tired and may even encourage you to tackle the rest of your day with enthusiasm! In fact, that workout you've been dreading later in the day? No problem!

Walking for Better Health

If you are trying to improve your overall health, take a walk. And if you would like to improve your overall fitness? Well, you know what to do ... take a walk! No matter what goals you are trying to reach, your daily walks will help you achieve them!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Apache Junction, Ariz.

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