Celebrate Good Health With a Walk
By Donna Stark
Did you know there is a day to celebrate what many of us don't take the time to do anymore, which is take a walk in the park? It's in March, and it's really sad to think that many of us have become so busy running from one activity to the next that many of us have forgotten how important it is to walk. And I mean the real kind of walking. Walking with the sun on our faces and the breeze whipping through our hair. Doesn't the idea of walking in a park sound good to you right now? You bet it does!
Walking for Better Health
You may be finding yourself spending more time at home right now and if that is the case, it's the perfect time to get back to walking, whether you have a park to walk in or not! Walking for at least 30 minutes every day is one of the best ways to improve your overall physical and mental health so grab your shoes and lace up! Then head outdoors for the following benefits.
- Reduces the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and some cancers
- Helps manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels
- Aids in weight loss
- Helps maintain bone density
- Reduces the risk of osteoporosis
- Improves joint function, balance, and coordination
- Reduces muscle tension and inflammation
- Reduces stress, anxiety, and depression
- Helps regulate mood swings
- Improves self-esteem and confidence
- Enhances creativity and focus
It's important to remember that any exercise is better than none at all, so if the 30-minute recommendation scares you a bit, don't worry! You can start at the pace you feel the most comfortable at and gradually build up from there. Check out these other tips too.
- Stretch - Stretching before you start any kind of physical activity may help prevent injuries. When you stretch, remember to ease into the position slowly, hold for at least 10 seconds, and avoid "bouncing."
- Warm up - Before you build to your cruising speed, take a few minutes to warm up. Walk in place or walk at a slower pace to get your blood pumping.
- Choose a safe pace - You're not in a race so listen to your body and walk at a pace that is comfortable for you. Once you feel as if you can do more, increase your speed and distance slowly.
Celebrate With a Walk
There is no better way to celebrate another day of life than with a walk, so grab your water and head outdoors to take in everything that Mother Nature provides. You won't be disappointed with doing so!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Glendale, Ariz.