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The Power of a Brisk Walk

Brisk WalkAre you among those people who are scared by the gym or any kind of rigorous exercise routine? Or are you one of those who start exercising knowing its good for your health but can’t seem to sustain it? Perhaps you have an injury that prevents you from running or exercising. Well, the good news is that a brisk walk can also help you start your journey towards good health.

What Does Research Say

Walking can help reduce the risk of high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol, which are all risk factors for strokes or heart diseases. This finding has been published after analyzing 15,000 participants in the National Walkers’ Health Study in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology. You can read the highlights here.

Researchers also argue that walking leads to the same results as exercising, as it uses the same muscle groups at varying intensities. The body ideally needs 30 minutes of physical activity each day and if you can’t engage in any other form of physical activity, you can at least start brisk walking to keep yourself healthy, knowing it gives you great benefits.

Start With Baby Steps

Brisk walking in the morning or evening isn’t a difficult ordeal and you don’t have to turn it into one. Start by walking a few minutes each day and increase the minutes after every few days until you reach thirty. Baby steps will take you there and you may even include light running in your routine. Find a way to make your brisk walk enjoyable, such as choosing a partner or a setting that you like or listening to fast music.

If you have recurring discomfort or pain that limits your ability to walk, contact our clinic today and find out how chiropractic care can help you live a healthy life.

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