Why You Should Walk More
By Donna Stark
Your local chiropractors at The Joint Chiropractic like to keep things simple. From the all-natural adjustments they provide to the nutrient-dense diets they recommend, it is easy to see that good health doesn't need to be complicated. And when it comes time to recommend an exercise, your chiropractors like to keep that simple too, which is why they are such big fans of walking. By the way, did you know the first Friday of this month is National Walk to Work Day?
Why Should You Walk More?
The fact that your body was designed for walking is a great reason to add more steps to your days, but that shouldn't be the only motivating reason to do so. There are plenty of physical, mental, and emotional benefits too! Check out some of the benefits walking can bring to your life below.
- Aids in weight loss
- Strengthens muscles and bones
- Improves joint function
- Reduces the risk of serious medical conditions
- Boosts immunity
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Regulates moods
- Increases production of endorphins
- Increases connections with others
Lace Up Your Shoes!
So, now that you have some more reasons to add walks during your days, walking to work is probably your top priority now, right? Well, sure, if your work is right around the corner from you. However, for many of us, that luxury doesn't exist. So what can you do if your job is too far away? Here are some simple suggestions.
- Take a brisk walk around your neighborhood before you leave for work
- Park your car as far away from the entrance to your job as you can
- Get off your public transportation a stop or two earlier
- Conduct business calls while walking
- Skip the questions through email and walk to your coworker's desk
- Get up and move at least every hour or so
- Walk during your lunch break
- Always choose the stairs
Safety First, Though!
Let's not forget the most important thing about walking though, your safety! Make sure you follow the rules of the road, choose shoes that offer great support and good traction, don't forget to bring some water to drink with you, and above all, make sure you are visible to everyone else if you are walking during the darker hours of the day.
Walking is one of the best low-impact exercises you can engage in because it can be adjusted to your physical condition, age, and ability. You couldn't choose a simpler exercise to improve your overall health and fitness. No wonder your chiropractors like it so much!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Saint Peters, Mo.