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Walking for Optimal Health

By Donna Stark

You take walks to lose those extra pounds, you take walks to "cool off" after a heated discussion, and you take walks to clear out the cobwebs from your head. Walking, as you can see, has many different purposes in our lives and it's no wonder that it is one of the most common forms of physical activity. How long has it been since you've been out on a walk? If it's been a while since you have enjoyed one, perhaps today is the day you can change that!

Walking for Optimal Health

Daily exercise is essential for optimal wellness, and one of the easiest ways to improve your physical, mental, and emotional health is to add in some extra steps. In other words, take a walk. Finding the time to walk each and every day can deliver significant health benefits to your life. Let's take a look at a few of them below.

Walking Improves Physical Health

Walking is the perfect choice for those who are struggling with mobility loss, joint pain, and excess weight. It can help increase strength, range of motion, and balance while decreasing joint pain and stiffness. Walking can help people lose the extra pounds they are carrying and maintain a healthier weight moving forward. It can also decrease the risk of serious health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain cancers.

Walking Improves Mental Health

Did you know that walking can make a meaningful difference in your mental capabilities? It's true! The more you move during the day, the more focused, alert, and creative you can become. That's because walking increases blood flow, which means your brain is sure to get all of the nutrients and oxygen it needs to function well.

Walking Improves Emotional Health

Feeling down? Looking for a way to boost your mood? Go for a walk! Walking helps to release endorphins, which are your body's "feel-good" chemicals. It can increase self-worth, help reduce stress and anxiety, and when a friend or coworker comes along, it can help fight feelings of loneliness too.  

Walking to Improve Your Quality of Life

It's time to create the best and healthiest version of yourself, so grab your shoes and head outdoors for a walk! Remember, you don't have to feel great before you go for a walk because your walk will make you feel great in the end!

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

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