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Chiropractic Tips for Walking Health & Fitness

 

If you look around, everyone seems to have the message, walking is a great option for staying safe, active and in motion.

The American Chiropractic Association agrees, and has a few suggestions for keeping everything moving perfectly. As we all have learned sitting too long can become a health hazard.

Opting for walking can improve cardio endurance, tone the lower body muscles, burn about 80 calories walking two miles per hour, and reduce risk of heart disease.

I have watched seniors recovering from heart attacks take all of this advice seriously and live on into their late eighties, as the gradually built up their walking time and redid their diet.

I have watched other people in their forties take back their youth with walking and yoga. They learned the value of moving meditation and got outdoors for long distance walking. To see pictures of them before and after was amazing. Wherever you are in the age and health picture, consider putting walking to work for your health and trust your chiropractor to be a great backup.

The Chiropractor’s Visit

In your first visit, the chiropractor will use a spinal adjustment to evaluate spinal health. Then a discussion of current pain and current daily activities will follow along with a complete review of medical history. The chiropractor’s goal will be to seek to achieve pain relief without medication or surgery.

The chiropractor will then want to talk about exercise interests and will often have key advice on walking.
The chiropractor may suggest relaxation techniques and losing weight too.

In the cases that I have seen, ongoing monitoring by the chiropractor, backed up with some key advice made the difference. Many of the people I know have learned that the chiropractor can be their wellness coach as they return to old fashioned walking, join a walking group, or just add brief strolls around the neighborhood. Some of them have been young, others definitely on the senior side.

But as they began to stretch their schedules and learn more about the health values of walking, they were all quick to endorse the chiropractor’s backup. If injuries did crop up or new twinges of pain, the chiropractor could respond immediately helping them to find the best solutions.

If you are still working too many hours, this may be the time to reform and get out there. While you are at it, make an appointment with your chiropractor too.

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