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A Chiropractor's Guide to Walking Tours

By Brandi Goodman 

The George Washington Masonic National Memorial, Gadsby's Tavern Museum, Carlyle House Historic Park, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center are just a few of the places to explore in Alexandria. Taking tours to walk through these buildings and see all they have to offer can be quite exhausting but extremely worthwhile. Following chiropractic advice, walking tours can be made easier to manage. 

Stay Hydrated

Proper hydration is key when performing exercise. It helps to keep your muscles and joints working efficiently with less risk of injury. Even while walking, you need to stay hydrated so that your body can handle the activity. Some museums may not allow you to bring drinks inside, but could have a drinking fountain where you can get a drink when necessary. 

Stretch Before Going and While There

Stretching out the joints can have a huge impact on their flexibility and ability to manage the long hours spent walking. It is best to stretch before you head out for the day. You also want to take time every so often to stretch while you're there. It will keep your joints from aching and cramping up. 

Wear Supportive Shoes

Don't visit a museum or art exhibit wearing your fanciest shoes with high heels or pointed toes. You want to be as comfortable as possible so your feet and legs won't hate you by the end of the trip. You can spend hours walking from one end of the building to the other. A pair of supportive shoes is going to be your best bet at maintaining your wellness and remaining free from pain. 

See a Chiropractor Before the Tour

Before you even head out on the walking tour, you may want to stop into your chiropractor's office. Joint restrictions presently in the body need to be adjusted so the body is better able to handle all of the activity to come. Your chiropractor may also have additional advice on how to keep your tour pain-free. 

Taking a walking tour through one of these locations or even downtown in the city is a great way to spend your time. If you don't listen to chiropractic advice, however, you may find yourself feeling sore and ready to leave before you really get the chance to explore all they offer. If you notice pain once your tour is over, visit The Joint Chiropractic for an assessment. 

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

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