Neck Pain & The Benefits of Regular Walking for ExerciseMay 6, 2019
Can going for a walk really make a difference in your health? Many people think that unless they go to a gym and break a serious sweat, they “aren’t exercising.”
Fortunately, that’s far from true! Walking regularly, including during your lunch at work, can give you significant benefits, including less back and neck pain. It’s an excellent natural low-impact workout, and best of all it’s free!
Here are some of the things you can gain if you start walking regularly.
Excellent Aerobic Exercise
When you walk for exercise, you’re engaging in one of the most popular forms of aerobic exercise. Millions of people walk regularly for their health. It’s one of the most studied forms of exercise, so it’s been proven to be one of the best ways to improve your overall health.
It also keeps you functional for longer in your life, allowing you to be active and health into your later years. It can help you avoid back and neck pain as you keep your muscles strong and maintain your posture.
If you want a simple exercise to boost your health and lengthen your life, walk!
Lower Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Walking is good for lowering stress, which helps lower blood pressure. A national study found that regular walking was linked to a 7% decrease in risk of high blood pressure and cholesterol.
Being in nature is another way to reduce stress and blood pressure, and walking is a great way to enjoy nature. Consider finding a park or trail near your home where you can enjoy your walk while listening to birds, hearing the wind in the trees, and watching the animals in the grass.
You’ll have less back and neck pain and you’ll be happier and more relaxed.
Better Mental Function and Memory
Do you get frustrated because you’re not able to remember why you walked into a room? Or do you struggle to focus at work? Walking regularly can help.
A study in Japan found that by simply walking for 12 weeks, both men and women had significant improvements in memory and their ability to pay attention. Another study showed that walking was associated with a greater volume of grey matter in the brain, which indicates brain health.
If you struggle to focus or remember things, a lack of physical activity could be the cause. You can simply go for a walk every day – even at lunch during work – and see dramatic improvements.
Low Impact and Risk of Injury
A lot of physical exercise can cause injury, especially if you’re not healthy to begin with. People are often concerned with protecting their joints, especially if they’re older.
The good news is that walking is one of the safest exercises available, and it’s low-impact. You can start as slowly as you’d like, and build up your time and distance.
Get Treatment For Neck Pain and Back Pain
If you struggle with back and neck pain, it can be hard to think about any exercise, even walking. However, there is something you can do.
At Restoration Health we specialize in treating back and neck pain and improving alignment and helping you resume your full mobility in comfort. If you would like to explore chiropractic treatment, contact us for an appointment.
Do you visit a chiropractor regularly? If not, why not?Many people don’t understand the benefits chiropractic care, so it doesn’t occur to them to seek treatment. However, those same people struggle with back pain, neck aches, and other health symptoms and have no...
If your shoulders hurt, you know how distracting it can be. If you work in a physical job, it can be debilitating, and you spend a lot of time wondering if you’re making it worse. Even if you work in an office, shoulder pain can make it hard to focus. Whether it’s a...
If you’re trying to be more active, you might think that walking “isn’t enough.” That’s far from true – in fact, walking regularly has a multitude of health benefits, from reducing back pain to improving your heart.
When your neck hurts, it’s hard to think about much else. It’s hard to focus when you drive, when you’re at work, and even when you’re relaxing on the weekend.
If you’re like 86% of Americans, you do a lot of sitting at your full-time job. Almost all work today is done through computers or at a desk, and that means you don’t get much movement. In fact, your boss may frown on the idea of you walking around too much, assuming...
If you’ve fallen or been in a car accident – even if the incident was minor – you may have suffered whiplash. While this injury doesn’t have the external signs a broken bone or cut shows, it can be just as serious. Having your whiplash taken seriously and...
Staying healthy is about a lot more than avoiding pain and illness. Yes, you want to limit how often you have to go to a back pain doctor, but you can do a lot better than that. The good news is that you can go beyond being “OK,” or “not in pain,” and actually feel...
Millions of years ago, humans were developing and growing as a species. This consisted primarily of sitting on soft, comfortable seats, staring straight ahead, and moving very little except their fingers and wrists. Wait, what? That’s not how it was? Our bodies...
Don’t be fazed by the big words. Exercise is such a loaded word. We often think of exercise as something we “should” do, which doesn’t help our motivation. We also assume that exercise has to be at least 30 minutes, preferably an hour, and that if we don’t use...
It seems our society is almost trained that any time we have pain or discomfort, we should immediately go to the doctor to get medicine for it. We certainly have nothing against proper medical treatment, but we also recognize that many times pills mask our symptoms...
As you get older, your body doesn’t work as well as it used it. You just don’t have the limberness, flexibility, and even mobility you had when you were younger. However, it’s vital to keep your body moving, even as it gets harder. The
Vehicle accident happen every day. In fact,
Slipping and falling can happen at any time of year, but it seems especially dangerous in the winter. In Arkansas, it’s easy for rain to turn into ice – and you may not even see it. Falling can be embarrassing, but it can also cause serious injury. People need to...
As the weather gets colder and the holidays approach, you may feel like giving up your exercise routine or taking a break from being active. The temperatures in Little Rock may not be as cold as other parts of the country, but they’re certainly not as comfortable as...
As the seasons change, there’s always yard work to do. In the fall, leaves fall by the thousands, and in winter you have to cover gardens, handle ice and snow, and more. Unfortunately, if you aren’t careful as you do the work around your home, you can easily hurt...