#TACTIX :: The Benefits of Walking

Take a walk

Don’t have time for the gym? Take a walk. Feeling stressed out? Go for a walk. Sun is shining outside? Enjoy a walk. Sitting too long in your office chair? You need to walk. Walking is a perfect way to exercise, relieve stress, circulate your blood, and reduce health problems. There are many benefits of walking that your body will thank you for.

It’s good for the heart

Your heart needs regular activity to be strengthened just like the other muscles in our bodies. Maybe you have a tough time hitting the gym, are stuck in a desk job, or time just doesn’t permit a heavy exercise regimen. A brisk walk is easy to do and can pack in some healthy exercise for your body and heart. Two long-term Harvard studies found that simply walking 20 minutes a day may reduce your risk of heart disease by up to 30 percent. Walking increases your heart rate which strengthens your heart muscle and improves blood circulation though out the body.

You can lose weight

Walking also helps to reduce belly or abdominal fat by burning calories at a steady pace. Losing weight takes the pressure off your spine helping alleviate back pain. You can up the calorie burn by planning a route that includes hills, alternating between brisk walking and a slower pace, and challenging yourself to increase your step count with longer distances. Use your smartphone or pedometer to track your steps and set goals for yourself.

Reduce stress and improve mood

Being outside on a walk provides exercise while feeling relaxed. Changing scenery, fresh air, and active movement help release endorphins that instantly improve your mood and create a positive feeling in the body. A study by the University of Michigan Health System found that walking improves one’s mental health and can stave off depression. Walking with a friend also helps build motivation to walk, improves social skills, and provides mental stimulation.

Walking eases joint and spine pain

Not only can walking reduce arthritis-related pain, but walking exercises can also prevent arthritis from forming in the first place. Walking lubricates joints and strengthens adjoining muscles. It helps build posture, flexibility, and mobility. Combined with a regimen of light stretching, walking can increase flexibility and a better range of motion. Walking also helps replenish the water that fills the spinal discs that provide a cushion or your vertebrae.

Walking has many benefits

Chiropractix recommends stretching and walking to help with back pain management and good spinal health. Walking reduces your risk of heart disease, improves blood sugar and blood pressure, reduces your risk of osteoporosis, helps you maintain body weight, and improves your mental health. Good spinal health plays a part in every one of these conditions. By combining walking with chiropractic care, you are giving your body its best chance at good health and optimal function.

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