By Jeff Sheppard 03 Apr 2020 no comment 963 Views

Prolonged sitting can be detrimental to your overall health and well-being.  Most of us know we probably sit a little more than we should.  Now that the temperatures are warm and the sidewalks are clear, why don’t you go out for a walk?

Sometimes getting active can seem overwhelming.  Many of us aren’t interested in competing at athletic events.  Some of us don’t enjoy team sports.  Others struggle with the cost of gym memberships or sports equipment.  We consider getting kayaks or bikes, but wonder where to store them in the off season.  Maybe we don’t have room in our homes for a home gym or even a stationary bike.

Walking is one of the easiest ways to get active.  If you are able to go for a walk, you can increase your activity level easily and cheaply.

The only equipment you need is a supportive pair of shoes.

Walking has many benefits.

Walking can increase energy levels.  Mild to moderate exercise helps boost energy levels throughout the day. Who doesn’t want more energy?

Walking lowers risk of injury.  Walking allows you to control your movements more efficiently. Walking, unlike running, allows you to keep one foot on the ground at all times, and is of lower impact, thus minimizing your overall chance of injury.

Getting outside to exercise reduces depression and anxiety.  Spending time outside in parks and trails has been shown to dramatically improving overall mood and mental health.

It’s very likely to be within your fitness level. Unless you have a serious underlying medical condition, you will probably be able to go for a walk.  Start with short distances:  around the block, or down the street and back.  Increase distance as your fitness improves.

Walking is free and easy. Get out there with your partner, your kids, your dog, or have some quiet time on your own. Make it a priority to schedule in a walk at least once a day.

Feeling discomfort when you’re out and about?  Stuck behind a desk all day?  Experiencing aches at night?  Sheppard Chiropractic Centre can make sure your spine and nervous system stay healthy so you can take part in all the activities you want to do.  Give us a call at 635-8182 or 847-7172 today to make your appointment.

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