Walking is one of the simplest and most profound ways you can contribute to your own well-being. America on the whole is geared toward motorization: cars are a relied upon method of transport for a significant percentage of the population. Unless you are in the city, even a trip to the grocery store often involves a car and the outcome can be significant: sitting in a car for 5 minutes versus walking for 20 leaves your body at a disadvantage. For people managing back pain, this disparity is even more significant, because it perpetuates a lifestyle of sitting too much and walking too little. Consider the benefits that can be derived from a simple walk:
- Fighting back pain: going for a walk releases endorphins which help to manage pain.
- Managing weight: you are burning calories, albeit at a lower rate than with a full workout, but every calorie counts as the number one factor burdening adult spines is too much weight!
- Boosts range of motion: sitting around keeps you tight; moving around frees you up. By getting spinal joints moving, you are helping to prevent against injury.
- Improves circulation: getting the blood flowing feels good. It brings oxygen and nutrients to cells in your body which have been suffering from inactivity.
- Spinal balance: keeping the muscles in your back from pulling your body out of alignment and your spinal column in a state of balance helps to improve the function of the nervous system.
The only investment is time: can you carve out 30 minutes in the evening to devote to a post-dinner walk? At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we believe that great health improvements begin with the smallest of steps: unlocking a penchant for walking can help you with any health goals you have. Give our office in Dunedin a call today to schedule an appointment and find out how we can help you implement small lifestyle adjustments, to go along with chiropractic care that will let you live to the fullest.
Dr. Diane Hayes, D.C.