Chiropractic Tips: How To Walk Off With the Best Health
If you are already walking every day you are already a believer. If you know you should walk more, but never get around to it, then you may have work to do. Fitness guides say adults should be taking 10,000 steps a day.
The American Chiropractic Association says walking just 12 minutes a day can deliver significant health benefits. To up those benefits, try to work up to 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
I knew two seniors who faced heart disease and other senior issues, but managed to up their walking schedule to five miles a day, over a period of several months. They thrived, enjoyed a great diet, and kept moving right on thru their retirement years, both living into their nineties! They had good genes and made the most of it.
If you are beginning a walking routine, ACA recommends moving your arms freely as you walk. Do not stoop. This challenges the normal forward curve of your neck, causing you to carry your weight improperly. Do not carry weights or dumbbell. Use them as a separate exercise routine. Expect a little soreness in the thighs and calves for the first week or two. If you experience more pain check with your doctor or chiropractor.
Choose safe walking areas, good walking shoes, and talk with your doctor before starting your new exercise program.
A Visit to the Chiropractor Can Help
If you are experiencing pain or simply want some good advice on how to keep moving safely, your chiropractor may be able to help.
The initial visit will include a spinal adjustment to determine spinal health. Then a discussion of any current pain, a complete review of medical history, and current daily schedules will follow.
The chiropractor’s goal is to help maintain activity and seek to relieve pain without medications or surgery. If you have been walking and now have pain beyond typical muscle soreness the chiropractor’s focus will be on resolving the issues, seeking to help get you safely back on track.
I have seen this work beautifully for active seniors who loved to fish, camp or just hang out with their grandkids in their backyards. They used their regular visits to the chiropractor as a wellness station to keep everything running right, and with some regular tune ups they kept right on going.
If that sounds like a plan for you, make an appointment today and find out more about making wellness a real focus.