Walk Out of the Darkness With Chiropractic in Mind
By Brandi Goodman
Many regions throughout many states hold Out of the Darkness walks in the fall. The Southern Arizona walk takes place October 19, 2019 in Reid Park in Tucson. Before you join the efforts to raise awareness about suicide, be sure you understand how best to keep your body safe while doing so. You want to walk strong and proud as you show support for all those lives lost to this terrible epidemic. An aching body will deter you from your plans if you don't keep some chiropractic tips in mind.
Choose the Right Footwear
Sandals, boots, and flats are not ideal for walking. You'll want to wear a good pair of tennis shoes if you hope to make it through the walk. The right footwear goes a long way in maintaining your comfort and balance as you walk. You can even find suicide prevention awareness sneakers through online retailers that help show your support for the cause while providing your feet with comfort. Sturdy shoes help to prevent aches in the feet, legs, and back.
Proper hydration will ensure a flexible body that is able to handle all of the walking you'll be doing. Make sure it's water you're drinking and not any sort of soda pop, juice, or energy drink. These sugary options will leave your body feeling fatigued faster and could potentially cause cramps. Water is always the best option when you're walking.
Walk With Purpose
Chances are, you'll already be doing a good job of walking with purpose at an Out of the Darkness walk. In hopes of showing support for those struggling as well as remembering a loved one you may have lost, walk with your head held high. It's important to walk briskly and not saunter so you're actually getting in a good cardiovascular workout. Poor posture while walking, which tends to be exhibited more when you're slowly walking, can also lead to pain.
See a Chiropractor Before You Walk
Before heading out to join the walk, see a chiropractor. The Joint Chiropractic -- Rillito Crossing Marketplace -- is located roughly 20 minutes away from the Out of the Darkness location at Reid Park. Since the opening ceremony starts soon after The Joint's opening time, it would be best to go the day before and then get a good night's rest to wake up and walk with ease.
Consider these chiropractic tips so you can make the most of your Out of the Darkness walking experience. You want to be able to continue walking and supporting the cause without having to stop because of pain setting in. Many who walk in support of this cause already have pain in their hearts due to a loved one lost by suicide -- further pain throughout the body isn't needed.
If you or someone you know experiences suicidal thoughts, reach out. Lots of resources are in place to help. You are not alone. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or text the crisis line at 741-741.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Tucson, Ariz.