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Chiropractic Tips On Walking Your Way to Fitness


Walking really has emerged as one of the health leaders that always works, and almost everyone can do. But actually getting out there and making it happen, or stepping on the treadmill every morning can be another matter. Most of us need a little push

The American Chiropractic Association tells us how to make it all go smoothly and really happen. Start off by picking good spots away from traffic and easy to enjoy, like your favorite park. Then see about adding a walking buddy to nudge you along and make sure you have a good pair of walking shoes.

Choose shoes for function not fashion

Make sure they fit properly. The balls of your feet should rest exactly at the point where the toe end of the shoe bends during walking. Choose shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb impact. Shop for shoes late in the day or after a workout when your feet will be largest. Wear the sox you exercise in. When trying on shoes, wear them for at least 10 minutes in the store.

Walking Surfaces

ACA recommends you choose walking surfaces carefully. Walking on a cushioned or rubberized track is perfect. The cushioning of the track absorbs most of the impact of walking. See if there is recreation center near you with a free track. Grass is also a good choice but watch out for hidden dips or holes. Skip concrete surfaces such as mall floors if you can. If you do use them wear highly cushioned shoes.

Once you have your walking routine established do everything possible to maintain it. If you do run into painful twinges see your doctor and your chiropractor promptly. Injuries left untreated can defeat your walking plans and become chronic.

Seeing the Chiropractor

Your chiropractor will have a lot of experience with injuries and will seek to help you get back to your normal routine.

The initial visit will include a spinal manipulation to assess spinal health and identify the areas of pain. The chiropractor will also want to do a complete review of medical regular daily schedules, and discuss when and how the pain started.The chiropractor’s goal will be to seek solutions for pain and ways to restore daily activities without using medication or surgery.

In contrast to a doctor’s visit where there is an appointment, often followed by prescription of medication and advice for home care, the chiropractor is more likely to help you structure a program with an ongoing care routine.
This keeps the chiropractor in touch helping to spot new developments before they have a chance to set in and cause bigger problems.

Ongoing programs can also lead to weight loss, relaxation therapy, or suggestions for gym classes and stress reducing techniques. The whole process will be geared to help you stay active and resume your normal routine including your walking.

Several friends of mine have reported how well this can work as they slimmed down, walked more and pulled their schedules together. Their chiropractors worked to help put them back in charge of their lives.

If this sounds like something you could use to stay active, make an appointment with a chiropractor now and find out more.


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