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Walking Is the Complete Package

By Donna Stark

Since the weather is perfect and the days are longer, there is no better time to lace up your shoes and head outside for a walk than now. Not only will you be able to fill your body with an extra dose of Vitamin D, you will also be able to cross exercise off of your daily to-do list by doing so. But those aren't the only benefits you will receive. Did you know that walking is good for the health of your spine too? That's right! If you want to improve your spinal health in the easiest way possible, just add more steps to your days.

Stepping Into Spring

We all know that walking can help a person maintain a healthy weight, reduce stress, and reduce the risk of serious health issues, but few of us know exactly how it can help the spine. If you would like to learn more about the impact of walking, keep reading!

  • Supports good posture - If you spend countless hours in the sitting position, your posture may be paying the price. Fortunately, walking can help correct any damage by strengthening the spine, restoring function to the stabilizing muscles, and encouraging a natural, upright position.
  • Improves circulation - Walking helps to increase the circulation of water to the spine, alleviate joint pain, and improve blood flow throughout the rest of the body. This can help lower blood pressure, speed healing, and increase energy.
  • Increases mobility - Since walking is a low-impact exercise, the muscles in your body will get the workout they need while your joints will get the break they deserve. As a result, the stress and tension in the body will be released and function to both the muscles and joints will be restored.

Tips on How to Walk More

Walking is an exercise that nearly everyone can participate in, no matter the location or time of day. And because it can be done anywhere, the flexibility you have with adding more steps to your days is enormous! So why don't you look for ways on how to do so? Here are some suggestions to get you started.

  • Enjoy your cup of coffee during a morning walk
  • Walk over your lunch break
  • Avoid parking close to the front door of your work or school
  • Get the family to join you after dinner
  • Walk around the field while your children are at sports practice

Walking Is the Complete Package

In addition to staying active and improving your mental and physical health, walking is one of the easiest ways to take care of your spine. For more information on how walking can benefit the spine or how to incorporate more steps into your day, visit your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic. They can help!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Culver City, Calif.

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