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Low Impact Walking Out-Performs Running or Jogging

By Sandy Schroeder

Jogging and running have a definite appeal, but low impact walking actually wins when it comes to protecting the joints and delivering health benefits, according to doctors Mehmet Oz and Mike Roizen.

Walking is also more flexible. Once you get into the habit of walking, you might walk before breakfast, between meetings, after work with the dog, or in the airport. Just bring your sneakers along and seize the opportunity whenever you can.

Here Are Some More Points for Walking

Researchers say these figures tell the story.

  • Walking lowers high cholesterol by 7 percent while running cuts cholesterol by 4.3 percent.
  • Walking lowers coronary artery disease risk by 9.3 percent, while running cuts it by 4.5 percent
  • Walking reduced the risk for developing hypertension by 7.2 percent. Running cuts the risk by 4.2 percent.

Get Moving and Keep Moving

Round up your family, a buddy and the dog, and head out.

  • Start with 30-minute walks three times a week
  • Move on to 30-minute walks five times a week
  • Step up to 45 minutes a day hitting 10,000 steps daily

How Chiropractic Can Help

Once you have walking dialed in, you may want to line up some more goals with your local chiropractor. The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you staffs a wellness center that helps individuals find the best answers for pain relief and fitness achievements.

Focusing on spinal health, your chiropractor will explain how a healthy spine may lead to a healthier you. The spine helps us move through our day, and the central nervous system encased inside coordinates all of our brain-to-body communication.

You may find gentle targeted spinal adjustments provide far-reaching pain relief and an overall sense of wellness with more energy, better sleep, and improved alertness.

Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may keep you moving ahead. They may also be the perfect staging area to work on more goals such as stress reduction and healthy weight loss.

Chase stress away - Build on all of the benefits of chiropractic with tension-releasing yoga, tai chi, or meditation. Or let music, art, or hobbies become delightful distractions.

Eat healthier - Lose weight naturally by cooking at home, serving sit-down dinners to friends and family, and never eating in front of the TV or the computer. Savor each bite and chew slowly to improve digestion and increase satisfaction.

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic in your community. Affordable personal healthcare plans eliminate the hassle of insurance and weekend and evening hours simplify visits. No appointments are needed.

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

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