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How to Get in More Walking When You Don't Have Time

By Genevieve Cunningham

Walking is one of the best and simplest things that we can do to improve our health. A lot of people think about walking and consider it too easy to make any real changes. It's just walking, right? What difference could it possibly make? But the truth is that the simple act of walking can completely transform both our health and our lives. If you don't walk as much as you should, take a look at why you should consider it, plus some tips for walking more even when you're out of time.

Why Walk?

Walking is a natural, low-impact way to improve your health. It helps keep your body strong, but also loose and limber. It helps you burn calories, which in turn leads to weight management. It improves stamina, and it is gentle enough to last your entire life. Walking is an excellent way to stay in shape and improve your health without taxing your body too hard or making changes that feel like too much at once. 

How to Squeeze in Some Steps

If you don't feel like you have time to add a walk into your day, take a look at these easy ways to get more steps with less effort:

  • Park at the back - Most people are guilty of circling the parking lot until an open space near the front opens up. But if you want to get more steps, just park at the back. Parking at the back forces you to walk further, and over time, it adds up lots and lots of steps.

  • Use your block - If you don't feel like paying for a gym memberships just to walk, use your block. Or your neighborhood. Or your backyard. In short, use what you have available and don't worry over your walk being perfect.

  • Take the kids out - If you have kids, you may not feel like there's any time left at the end of the day to get in a walk. If this is true, just take them with you. The kids can run and play outside while you get in some exercise. It's a win-win for the whole family.

  • Get a dog - Dogs are great companions. They provide love and friendship. But they're also a lot of work! If you need motivation to walk, get a furry friend that will demand your attention and energy every day. 

Walking can help you change your lifestyle. It can help make it better. Even if you feel as though you have no time left, there are still ways to squeeze in a walk. Use these tips to help make the time, and you'll have better health before you know it.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Aiken, S.C.

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