Walking is an activity that can easily be built into daily routines, whatever your age or level of fitness. Just 30 minutes a day of a brisk walk can help you to maintain and improve your health – and it’s free! Walking strengthens your body and helps position the spine in the natural shape it was designed for – being upright. Research has also shown that walking can reduce the risk of heart disease and strokes, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and even relieve tension and stress.
It can be challenging to break the habits that might currently be blocking you from making regular walking part of your lifestyle. Begin at the beginning – start slowly and try to build a walking regime gradually. To get the best health benefits from walking, it needs to be of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (faster than a stroll) – one way to tell is that you’ll be able to talk, but not sing the words to your favourite song!
The easiest way to walk more is to make walking a habit. Coax yourself into parking a bit further away from work or the train station, or get off the bus a block or two sooner than your stop.
Chat with your local UCA Chiropractor who will help you design a walking program suited to your particular needs and can advise you on appropriate stretches and footwear.