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3 Ways to Walk Your Way to Better Health This Summer

By Genevieve Cunningham

Walking is great exercise. It's cardio, but it's low-impact. It's easy on the joints, but still taxes the lungs. Of course, with the thick of summer looming on the horizon, walking doesn't sound quite as appealing. Unless you have a treadmill or an indoor track, you may be considering putting up your walking shoes through the hottest months. But luckily, there's hope for those who want to continue their walking habit. If you need to change it up to make summer walking a little more enjoyable, take a look at these three ways to do it.

Walk It Out in the Pool

Now is a great time to find a pool. While a swim is certainly good exercise, walking in the water can be beneficial as well. All you need is a suit, a pool, and the willingness to get moving. The water creates resistance, which is good for the muscles. Other than that, your walk can stay mostly the same. Give this a try if you really like to get into the seasonal summer spirit.

Go for a Hike

Hiking is walking taken up a notch. While you'll still be in the heat, the hiking aspect makes it more fun. Grab some supportive shoes, a backpack with water and snacks, and find your nearest trail. It doesn't have to be a mountain -- just an easy trail will do. You can just walk or take pictures or try to identify plants. You can make it as interesting or as low-key as you want. If you like a challenge and enjoy the outdoors, then hiking may be just what you need.

Join a Group

There are groups for everything fitness related. There are running groups, aerobic classes, yoga in the park groups, and also walking groups. If you simply have trouble staying motivated through the summer, a group may be all you need. Other members of the group may have suggestions of new places to walk, apps to keep it interesting, challenges to take part in, or any number of other tips. If you like the idea of company, do a quick internet search and join a group that suits your needs.

Even though the summer is hot, you can still enjoy some quality walking time. Use these tips to change it up just enough to keep it interesting. With some small changes to your routine, you can stay in shape and keep your love for walking alive all through the hottest season of the year.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Nashua, N.H.

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