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Walking and Health

Walking and Health
By Dr. Bret Wilson

Walking is the most basic form of human transportation and can be the core of your health and fitness.  Walking can be done almost anywhere, indoors or out and requires a minimal amount of equipment.  All ages can participate, and can be done independently or in a group.  There are benefits to mind and body.   Walking can help you get in the shape you want to be in.

Walking benefits the heart.  An aerobic exercise it gives the heart muscle a workout and improves the efficiency of the pump. The activity stimulates blood flow to the muscles of the legs, improving circulation.  Blood pressure is better regulated with walking as exercise.

Sleep improves with regular walking.  Mood is improved and stress is reduced.  Walking has shown to improve memory and mental function.  Creativity and problem solving has shown to improve.

Walking can reduce weight and improve sugar metabolism.  The exercise can help prevent diabetes or better manage blood sugar in diabetics.  Cholesterol levels are lower in individuals that walk regularly.

Low back pain can benefit from walking. There is low impact on the spine and joints with walking.   Exercise strengthens the legs, hips and torso and improves the aerobic fitness of these areas.  The movement nourishes the muscles, ligaments and discs of the spine through increased circulation, fluid movement.  The bones are stronger and have improved bone density with walking as a weight bearing activity.  Walking is an opportunity to practice and develop healthy posture habits.

Chiropractic can help get you started on a step toward better health.  Back or leg pain may be keeping you from walking.  A consultation with your chiropractor can help determine the reason for the pain, treat the cause and get you back on your feet.

You can tailor the intensity and pace of walking to your current fitness level and then increase intensity and duration as you progress.   Water walking is an alternative if the spine or legs are not strong enough to handle full weight bearing or impact.  The pace should be brisk, but not so strenuous that you are unable to have a conversation while walking.  The goal is to get 30 minutes of activity most days.  At first short periods of activity can be spaced through the day until you can sustain 30 minutes or more at one time.

There are many benefits to your health when you walk regularly. There is improvement of heart, mind and body.  The options and opportunities are plentiful.  Make the choice to add walking to your health and fitness regimen.

Yours in Health,

 

Dr. Bret Wilson
www.drbretwilson.com

Dr Bret Wilson wants you to move, play and live free from neck and back pain.  For more information about chiropractic, posture, exercise, and how to make better choices about your health visit our website www.bellwestchiro.com.  Find a chiropractor in your area to help you with safe and effective health care.  http://www.acatoday.org/Find-a-Doctor

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Previously from Dr Wilson:

Walking and Back Health:

Diabetes and walking: 

Exercise and Mental Health: