Prevent Pain From Your Walking Routine
By Brandi Goodman
Walking is a great activity you can do any time of year. You may need to bundle up when it's cold outside, but a nice walk around your neighborhood is all you need to fit in exercise and enhance your mood at the same time. Just be sure you're maintaining an appropriate walking routine that doesn't leave you feeling sore every time you go.
Stretch Before and After
Your body needs to be stretched properly before you head out for a walk. Doing so can prevent injury and keep your joints limber and able to handle the task. Failing to stretch may have you experiencing an ache in your leg or side rather quickly. Make sure you stretch again after to help with your recovery process and limit the pain felt after a workout.
Drinking plenty of fluids before, during, and after your walk will also help to keep your joints flexible. You'll be able to prevent some aches by staying properly hydrated and getting in the water your body needs. Bring a water bottle with you so you can take a sip anytime you desire.
Wear the Right Shoes
The right pair of shoes go a long way in pain prevention. Wearing a too-tight pair or ones that slip and slide as you walk will quickly leave your feet and legs feeling sore. You need a sturdy pair of tennis shoes with shock absorption that will take the brunt of the force every time you step. Avoid wearing sandals or high heels that offer no support.
Build Up to Longer Walks
You never want to start a new walking routine with a long trail that will take you an hour or more to get through. It's best to start slow and build up to longer walks so your body has time to adjust and get used to the activity you're adding in. A short walk around the block is all you need to start. Go a few times per week. Add in another block until you've made your way around the neighborhood. Longer trails and paths can follow.
A good walking routine can greatly enhance your day as long as you're keeping the pain away in the process. Be sure to follow these tips and keep your body healthy and strong so you can walk more confidently and avoid the aches that sometimes come with the exercise.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Myrtle Beach, S.C.