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Walking to Good Health

By Donna Kostiew

When I was in college, what seems like many decades ago (gulp!), a health class requirement was needed in order to graduate. Of course, it was one of the classes that I pushed off until my senior year because, to be quite honest, I just wasn’t that interested in it. So when the time came to choose, I chose a walking class, partly because it fit into my schedule, and partly because I wanted the easy grade. Little did I realize how much this class was actually going to benefit me in the long run, and I never would have imagined how much I would learn about the benefits of walking. Your chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic can talk to you more in depth about these benefits, but let’s get started with a just a few.

Weight Management and Weight Loss

Walking is an excellent, gentle exercise that encourages weight management and an active lifestyle. When I took my walking class, I was an injured athlete at the end of the season. I wasn’t too worried about maintaining my fitness goals because I wasn’t going to be participating in the sport anymore, and as a result, I gained some extra weight. Within just a couple of weeks, I could see my fitness levels improving and the weight starting to drop off. The benefits came quickly and I was able to exercise without being in pain.

Better Mobility and Flexibility

Walking helps to strengthen your bones and muscles which, in turn, improves your spine’s stability and its range of motion. We become less flexible as we age and our increasingly sedentary lives steal us of our mobility. Our spines are therefore under increasing pressure from our lack of movement during the day. By adding a few minutes of walking into your daily routines, along with some light stretching and chiropractic treatments, your mobility and flexibility will be greatly improved.

Relief of Back Pain

If you are one of the millions of people who suffer from lower back pain, walking may be one of the safest forms of exercise that you can choose. It is a healthy, low-impact exercise that is easy to implement into your workout routine, especially if other high-impact activities such as jogging cause you discomfort. Walking is less intense and can be added into almost every facet of your day. Even walking for just 20 to 30 minutes a couple times a week is beneficial.

Improved Circulation

Walking improves your circulation and allows your blood to deliver much-needed nutrients to your spine. It also helps to bring your body into balance; your muscles, joints, and soft tissue are nourished and your body’s toxins are flushed out.

The benefits of walking to your spinal health, as well as your overall body wellness, are immeasurable.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Renton, Wash.

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