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Why a Hike May Be in Your Heart's Future

By Sandy Schroeder

Most of us know that we need to treat our hearts better if we want to be around for the long haul. Smoking, french fries and sugary treats all show up on the “no no” list, but what can we do to reverse the situation?

HarvardHealth doctors are hitting the hiking trails and telling us why we should too. “Last month, I took a 7.5-mile hike near Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park in West Virginia," says Dr. Julie Corliss, editor of the Harvard Heart Letter. "Thanks to a nearly 1,900-foot elevation gain, I definitely got a good cardiovascular workout."

Dr. Aaron L. Baggish at Massachusetts General Hospital supports the effort. He says, “The nice thing about hiking is that it exists along an entire continuum, from a gentle walk on a flat wooded path to mountain climbing. Regardless of age or athletic ability, almost everyone can find a hike that offers the right level of personal challenge. And hiking may even offer some unique physical and mental benefits.”

How Your Chiropractor Can Help

If you are ready to join the hikers, or just want to be more active, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint’s licensed chiropractors will help you get ready. They help people become more fit, extend their wellness and enjoy better health every day.

Stop by to find out more about The Joint’s focus on spinal health that may help you improve yours. A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may ease your aches and pains and provide fresh energy. Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may keep the benefits coming as you focus on becoming more active to protect your heart. As always, check with your doctor before beginning new exercises.

Here are some tips from HarvardHealth for safe hiking.

Get hiking boots - Footwear that fits and provides good ankle support can make the difference in a great hike or a grueling one with blisters.

Map hikes and hike with a buddy - Having a buddy and carrying a phone will help you stay safe. Get the best maps and carry a detailed one with you. American Trails provides local hiking maps state by state. 

Carry plenty of water - If a short hike becomes longer you will need extra water in warm weather. Be prepared.

Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to get the support you need. Find out about the personal healthcare plans and packages that eliminate the hassle of insurance. Weekend and evening hours are available and no appointments are needed.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.

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