Walking is a convenient solution to staying in shape. Walking accomplishes the following, and more:
- Improves cardiovascular endurance
- Tones muscles of the lower body
- Burns calories
- Reduces risk of heart attack.
When selecting shoes for walking, always choose function over fashion. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to pain throughout the body. The balls of your feet should rest exactly at the point where the toe end of the shoe bends during walking. Make sure to select shoes with plenty of cushioning in the soles to absorb impact. Experts agree that you should replace your walking shoes every 300 to 500 miles.
Starting out, walking just 12 minutes every other day can offer important health benefits. It is optimal to walk 30 minutes five days per week. When walking, move your arms freely in coordination with the opposite leg. Make sure you do not stoop your head or look down as you walk. You should also expect a little soreness in the thighs and calves for the first week or two. If you have continual soreness, contact us. Always stay hydrated and avoid caffeinated drinks. Walking on a cushioned or rubberized track is ideal. The grass is also a good surface, but watch out for dips and holes.
While you may experience pain or injury in a particular part of your body, the root of the problem may lie elsewhere. If you suffer from pain beyond the typical muscles soreness, we can diagnose and treat your pain or injury and get you back on track!
Reference: American Chiropractic Association