Smart Ways to Walk Off Stress

By Sandy Schroeder

Everybody knows walking is super effective and super flexible, easily fitting into our schedules, locations and times. But one of its biggest assets may be the one you take for granted -- that’s the relaxed de-stressed feeling you get the minute you step out the door.

Prevention.com says we should all be aware of how effective walking can be for eliminating stress, and then take advantage of it whenever we can.

When you make walking a daily 20-30 minute exercise, Prevention tells us it may have the same calming effect as a mild tranquilizer. They say it can also enhance self-esteem and fight depression.

Walking Can Be A Creative Springboard

If you think about what happens when you go walking, you may be able to expand on its benefits. I know techies who use walking as a way to meet and then create new ideas. Others use it to mull over problems or consider new concepts. They come back ready to work and completely pleased.

Walking Can Be Moving Meditation

Prevention says walking at a low-intensity pace can become a form of meditation too. All they had to do was pay attention to their footsteps, counting "one, two, one, two" and visualizing each number in their minds as they went along. If they found their thoughts drifting to other matters, they simply said, "Oh, well" and resumed counting their footsteps.

The combination of meditating and low-intensity walking produced dramatic results, according to cardiologist James Rippe, MD. He said people who meditate while they walk have reported a decrease in anxiety and an increase in positive feelings about their situations.

See Your Chiropractor for More Wellness Tips

Chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic believe wellness and routine chiropractic care should be as basic to our lives as healthy diets and daily exercise.

They offer the purest form of chiropractic care, providing full spinal adjustments using the diversified technique to check for subluxations, which are restrictions (commonly called misalignments) of the spine. Once these restrictions are fixed, it can have a huge effect on the health of hte patient that goes far beyond fixing a sore back.

It may also help with allergies, TMJ, arthritis, headaches and migraines.

I have known many friends and relatives who have told me simple, direct chiropractic treatment proved to be the best way to maintain wellness.

Many of them started seeing a chiropractor for wellness visits in their 30s and 40s. By the time they reached retirement they were still relying on their chiropractors for the assistance that helped them keep right on going.

If this direct focus on chiropractic wellness sounds good to you, make an appointment at The Joint and find out more.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Centennial, Colo.

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