Step Up Your Health!
By Sara Butler
One of the keys to a healthy mind, body, and spine is exercise. An easy way to get some exercise in your life is through walking! It’s so easy, toddlers do it all the time. The chiropractors at The Joint want to help you keep your spine free from joint dysfunction and restriction so that your central nervous system can function at its very best. To ensure you’re continuing the job chiropractors have started in their office, you need to move your body – and walking is an easy way to do it.
The Health Effects of Walking
Walking is good for more than just your legs. Your entire body benefits from walking; even if you’re doing it as little as 20 minutes a day. That’s enough time for your blood to get pumping and your heart to beat faster and get stronger. The benefits don’t end there, either! Walking helps you to maintain a healthy weight, lowers your risk for chronic disease, gives you more energy, and boosts your mood too. Those are some pretty great returns for 20 minutes of activity!
Getting More Steps in Your Day
If you’re unsure how to work more steps into your day, don’t worry because it’s not that difficult. There are small adjustments you can make to your daily habits that will get you moving and keep you moving for longer. You can:
- Hide the remote – Sitting in front of the television isn’t healthy, but if you’re not ready to give it up completely, then consider hiding your remote when you watch. This will make you get up in order to get out of your seat if you want to change the channel. For those of you with kids, this shouldn’t be a difficult thing to accomplish – the remote’s probably hidden already!
- Park far away – When you’re out and about, park on purpose in one of the farthest parking spots from the door. This will help you to get a few more steps in!
- Go up a floor for the bathroom – When you’re on a bathroom break at work, try using the bathroom on a different floor and take the stairs.
If you’re wondering what else you can do to work more steps into your day, the chiropractors at The Joint are excellent resources! Make sure you ask the next time you’re in!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.