The Health Benefits of Walking

July 17, 2019

When was the last time you took a walk? If you’re like many Americans, you walk occasionally but not as much as you should. Many people know they should aim for 10,000 steps a day, but most of us hit only 5,000

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.

Here are just a few of the advantages of walking to keep in mind. It will help motivate you to get your 10,000 steps (or more) in each day! 

Burn Calories

Most Americans carry a little more weight than we should, but that can change simply by walking. When you take a walk, you burn additional calories that help you stay fit and lose weight.

The number of calories you burn depends on how long and how fast you move, but don’t feel like you need to put pressure on yourself. Simply increase your movement and you’ll see the results over time. 

When you burn calories and lose weight, you get other health benefits, including lower incidences of back pain, better organ health, and more.

Strengthen Your Heart and Lungs

When you walk just 30 minutes a day five days a week, you can reduce your risk for heart disease by 19%. The more you walk, the better your results are.

Walking also improves your lung function and capacity. The more our lungs have to work, the healthier we become. You can do especially well for your cardiovascular system by walking quickly or including hills in your route.

Remember, it’s not about doing everything at once. Start with 10 minutes a day and work your way up. Being less sedentary make a big difference in terms of body and back pain as well as your overall energy levels. 

Ease Joint and Back Pain

You might think that walking makes your body hurt, but the truth is that being sedentary causes the pain. Our bodies are made to move – that’s why we have 360 joints! The more you move, the better these joints work.

Your spine is a series of joints that supports your entire torso. When you walk regularly and keep your body moving, you’ll have a lot less back pain and other problems. You’ll have better movement and use of your knees, hips, and ankles. 

Chiropractic Care Helps With Pain

Walking and being more active makes a huge difference in staying healthy and having less pain. There’s no doubt our highly sedentary lifestyles have the potential to kill us if we don’t take action. 

Work hard to get in your 10,000 steps. If you still struggle with back pain, however, or if pain is holding you back, it’s time to see your Little Rock chiropractor.

At Restoration health, we focus on true correction that goes well beyond temporary relief. We know that when you body is properly aligned, it works better and you’re much more healthy and energetic. If you’re ready to experience a life where you’re operating at your full potential, contact us for an appointment today! 

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