As someone who suffers from bodily pain, avoiding exercises that will heighten or increase your pain is important. Even if your symptoms aren’t what they used to be, you may be feeling insecure or skeptical about partaking in exercises that require a lot of work from your body. Thankfully, there’s one form of exercise that provides physical benefits without taking a toll on the body — walking.
Walking has been long proven to provide both physical and mental benefits. According to the Mayo Clinic, walking not only helps to trim your waistline but it can also strengthen your bones and muscles and improve your mood. To experience these benefits, you want to aim for at least 30 minutes a day of vigorous walking. Remember, it’s okay to start off slow, especially if you’re recovering from an injury.
Walking With a Purpose
Walking provides numerous benefits. When it comes to your mind, walking improves your brain in a couple of ways. Walking increases blood flow to the brain, leading to improvements in memory and overall cognitive function. Moreover, if you’re suffering from headaches, walking can help alleviate the symptoms of pressure in the head. You may also find that if you suffer from migraines, walking will alleviate your symptoms.
According to a study from The Lancet Psychiatry, “People who exercised had 43 percent fewer self-reported “bad” mental health days.” The study went on to say that people who saw the greatest benefits walked 45 minutes a time, three to five days a week.
Moreover, for those who are walking with a goal of losing weight, you’ll want to pay attention to pace and time. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends walking for 60 to 90 minutes a day most days of the week. It’s important to keep in mind, when it comes to effort level, make sure your pace is comfortable and you are wearing shoes that support your feet. Pay attention to your body and any pain you’re feeling.
As a Chiropractic Patient, You Will Also Benefit From Walking
Whether you suffer from chronic back pain or are recovering from a spinal cord injury, in addition to the chiropractic care you’re currently receiving, walking can also provide the support your body needs. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) recommends walking to help ease back pain since its a low impact exercise and since it helps increase circulation throughout your body.
With age, the body becomes more prone to injury. Additionally, the older we get, the more work it requires for us to recover. Walking, however, can help give the body the support it needs to improve circulation and flexibility, especially following an injury. Walking improves the body’s muscles, joints, ligaments, and your balance, without putting too much strain on it.
Begin a Walking Regimen Today
The best part about adding walking to your daily routine is that all it requires is some proper footwear! If you can commit to at least 30 minutes a day of walking, you will notice how much of a difference it makes on your body and mind.
Here at Southwest Chiropractic, your health and well-being matter to us! That’s why we’re committed to ensuring you take care of your body and mind. In addition to receiving chiropractic care, leading an overall active lifestyle will support your body’s needs. Connect with us today to learn more!
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