To stay fit, strong, stave off disease and to maintain a healthy body weight, we all need exercise. Walking is perfect. However, with busy schedules we sometimes need to be creative in how to incorporate walking in to our day.
Make walking a part of your commute. If you are travelling on public transport, try walking to and from the station, take the stop before your usual point or park further from the station. Instead of working through lunch, utilise the time and go for a walk. You may discover some great walks that you can share with a friend or colleague. The walk will re-energise you and stop you reaching for a coffee fix and the office sweets.
So, how much walking is enough?
Studies have shown that walking 30 minutes 5 days per week improves aerobic fitness, strength, flexibility, and maintains bodyweight. As we improve with walking, we are able to undertake tasks with less fatigue. Walking prevents age-related muscle loss and keeps joints healthy. To increase the demand, introduce hills, stairs or carry a backpack. Nearly 4 million of we Australians have back problems. Walking is definitely part of the treatment plan.
Chiropractic care can also help you walk better! If you have pain, stiffness or muscle strain, your chiropractor can move, stretch and advise you on foot care to get you walking better.
There are numerous reasons to go for a walk. Walking is an organic, natural, gluten free, fat free, toxin free, meditative experience that delivers many health benefits!