Walking to Better Health
By Donna Stark
Even though you can walk in pretty much any type of weather, you should definitely take advantage of the crisp fall temperatures, especially if you are looking to improve your overall health and wellness. Walking is one of the most popular forms of exercise, it delivers a ton of health benefits, and it's the perfect choice if you want to include others, but you need to take some precautions first if you want to stride to success. Here are some tips from your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic.
Prepare Your Body
Before you jump into any type of fitness routine, you need to make sure your body is prepped and ready for action. Stretch and engage in some light movements before you head out. You can march in place, do some arm circles, or knock out a few lunges across your living room floor. The goal here is to warm your muscles up and get your heart pumping.
Wear Appropriate Footwear and Clothing
It's vital you wear supportive shoes and comfortable clothing during your walk. Stick with sneakers or cross-trainers and try to avoid wearing flip-flops or dress shoes. If you are walking at night, wear reflective clothing that will make you more visible to others and dress in layers! It's always better to have what you need than to be caught without.
New to walking? Start off slowly! Remember, walking is still a workout and your body will need some time to adjust. It won't do you any good if you walk too great of a distance or too intensely and end up hurting yourself. Set realistic goals, listen to your body, and increase the level of your routine as your body allows. A good place to start is a moderate 30-minute walk every day.
Are You Ready? Let's Go!
Now that you have the basic tips under your belt, it's time to get moving. There are too many benefits to miss if you don't start now. Here are just a few you can look forward to.
- Improved sleep, more energy, increased productivity
- Reduced risk of serious health conditions, such as obesity, heart disease, stroke, and diabetes
- Lower blood pressure, blood sugar, and blood cholesterol levels
- Improved mental and emotional well-being
- Improved memory and reduced risk of cognitive decline
- Increased bone strength and reduced risk of osteoporosis and joint dysfunction
Walking to Better Health
The best thing about walking is that it can be added to even the busiest of schedules! Take the time to find those extra empty minutes throughout the day and keep your sneakers handy! Before you know it, you will be reaching and smashing the goals you set for yourself!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Monroe, La.