With many professions requiring the majority of the work day to be spent at a desk or in front of a screen, it is easy to forget how important moving your body is. Studies have shown that there are huge benefits to staying physically active and fortunately walking is an easy way to get moving. Best of all, walking is a good and safe exercise for all ages. The benefits of walking have proven positive results on physical and mental health, as well as lifestyle.
Eases joint pain
For people who struggle with joint and knee pain, walking may be one of the best exercise options for you. Although running may burn more calories, the stress on your joints it causes isn’t always worth it. Walking is a safe way for people with joint issues to exercise without putting too much strain on the body. Walking lubricates and strengthens muscles that support the joints. If you suffer from arthritis, walking 4 to 6 times a week can help reduce joint pain.
If you are looking for a natural way to boost your mood, go for a walk! Regular walks are proven to reduce anxiety, depression, and boost your mood. If you can find a walking buddy, it can also help boost self esteem and reduce feelings of social withdrawal. Doctors suggest walking 3 times a week for at least 30 minutes to feel a difference.
Strengthen your heart and body
Regular walks can reduce the risk of heart disease! If you have a history of heart problems in your family, walking should be an exercise you begin to incorporate into your routine. Doctors suggest walking at least 30 minutes a day to reduce your risk. Walking is gentle enough to get your heart rate pumping without putting too much strain on your body.
Don’t forget to warm up before your walk and start slow, especially if you are new to it. Doing some light stretching before and after a walk can help you to avoid any injury. We hope these tips will get you walking, at Progressive Spine & Rehab Center, we’re here to help you live a healthy life. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!