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Tread Safely and Avoid Injuries

By Sabine Dorothy Docteur

Working out can be done through various options such as walking, jogging, running, and swimming, to name a few. Amongst these, walking is considered to be one of the safest physical exercises one can undertake. However, there are certain circumstances that can expose walkers to injury. Common injuries that can occur include shin splints, stress fractures, sprains and strains. Taking the following tips will help ensure that you are safer in your journey to better health.

Wear the Right Shoes

When it comes to shoes, it is not a fit-all for every kind of walker. You have to find the proper shoes based on your shoe size, walking goals and the level of support that you need. With different weight, we might need lesser or stronger support in our shoes. Another aspect to consider is if you are a brisk walker and sometimes jogger, one particular type of shoe might fit your walking style more than another. The appropriate fit is also very essential when picking out the perfect shoes. Having the correct shoe size will help prevent injuries when walking because it will prevent possible twisting of your feet whilst walking.

Gain Health, up Your Steps

The pace at which we walk has significant effects on the results that we will get when we start our trip toward better health. Certainly, we all have different fitness goals. But whatever the goal. The walking has to be effective in order for us to get there. Walking briskly is good for your heart and results in greater loss of calories than if you were taking a leisure walk. A good rule of thumb to measure the effectiveness of your walk is to pay attention to see if you are winded when walking. Typically, you should not be able to have a full-on conversation when walking at a healthy pace.

Seek Medical Attention for Injuries

No matter how careful, at times, injuries are bound to happen. The greatest factor, when it comes to our health, is recognizing when we need help. When walking, if an injury occurs, it is essential to seek professional opinion right away. Try not to shrug it off as just a twisted ankle or a sprain. Rather, do your best to seek treatment if you are experiencing any level of discomfort. A chiropractor can evaluate your lower extremities and provide care that can help your ankle joint heal more quickly. 

The Joint Chiropractic has more than 500 locations nationwide and there is no appointment necessary. Be sure to drop by if any injury occurs in your quest to optimum health.

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

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