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Weekends Are Made for Walking

By Donna Stark 

Are you looking forward to the weekend? Does the thought of doing nothing sound so incredibly amazing to you? While it certainly is nice to take a break from work or school, it still is vital that you include some physical activity on your weekends. So, go ahead and enjoy some time on your sofa, but don't hang out there for too long. Keep your walking shoes nearby and be sure to take a break from your break!

Weekends Are Made for Walking

Whether you are enjoying a new television series, watching your children play ball, or relaxing by the pool, sitting for extended periods of time without getting up to move can affect your overall postural health, even if you do hit the gym every other day during the week. Fortunately, the weather is on your side at this time of year so there is no reason to be sitting still. Are you ready to think of ways on how you can add more steps to your weekend? If you need some help, take a look at the following suggestions.

  • Wake up before the family and enjoy the morning sunrise while on a walk
  • Take the dog for a walk or join your children if it is their responsibility
  • Meet a friend for coffee but don't sit to catch up ... walk instead
  • Walk around the field before your children's games begin (their warmup time is perfect for this)
  • Plan a family hike or outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Sign up for a walk-a-thon fundraiser
  • Join a weekend walking club
  • Walk from one end of your pool to the other

Avoiding Issues Down the Road

As tempting as a lazy weekend sounds, you can decrease the risk of significant pain issues by adding more physical activity to your days. Sitting for extended periods of time increases the pressure on your spine and weakens the stabilizing muscles in your core and lower back. Walking, on the other hand though, helps to improve posture, strengthen muscles, and alleviate any pain or discomfort you may be feeling. Plus, it's a great way to boost your energy, mood, and connections with others!

So, make the most of your weekend and improve the health of your spine by heading outdoors for a daily walk. Walking is one of the simplest ways to exercise and maintain your overall well-being. And if you live close enough to The Joint Chiropractic, walk on over for an adjustment! Your local chiropractors love to see their patients active and moving!

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

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