Now that fall is in full swing here in Morfreesboro, there is something incredibly refreshing about taking a nice walk on a perfectly colorful autumn afternoon. There are also many health benefits to be gained from walking on a regular basis that pair well with the chiropractic care you’re receiving at Barfield Chiropractic. Walking is a wonderful, low-impact exercise that doesn’t include a membership fee, which is easy on the joints, and has numerous health benefits for people of all ages with different health conditions and musculoskeletal disorders. Not only does walking for 30 minutes a day improve your physical health, it may also improve your mental health. Let’s look at some of the benefits of walking in today’s blog post.

Walk to Stimulate Circulation

Good circulation is essential for a healthy spine. When you walk, your heart rate increases which stimulates blood flow that transports vital nutrients and oxygen to the spine, organs, and throughout the entire body. Additionally, increased circulation helps the lymphatic system flush out toxins from your muscles and other soft tissues. By walking for about 20 to 30 minutes daily, or at minimum three to four times a week, may also reduce your blood pressure, which helps to balance out the body to improve overall function and wellness.    

Walking Supports Your Bones and Joints

According to the Arthritis Foundation, more than 50 million Americans have arthritis. Because walking is a low-impact exercise, it is very easy on the joints and bones. For those who suffer from arthritis and osteoporosis, walking may help reduce the loss of bone mass. Walking is incredibly beneficial for women who suffer from higher rates of joint pain when compared to men. For instance, women with joint degeneration who are post-menopausal find that walking daily for 20 to 30 minutes a day may help reduce the risk of hip and leg fractures.

Strengthens Muscles

Along with supporting the joints and bones, walking strengthens muscles in the legs and abdomen, and can even help tone the arm muscles if you swing and pump your arms as you walk, or incorporate light weights into your walking routine. Strengthening the muscles takes some of the pressure off of the joints, which helps to ease joint and arthritis pain. Additionally, walking to strengthen these muscles can improve your range of motion and overall muscle function.

Improves Your Mood

As we mentioned, walking encourages circulation and blood flow, but it also releases natural painkilling endorphins, also referred to as “feel good” chemicals in the brain. Exercise stimulates these endorphins which can boost your mood, giving you a sense of euphoria. In fact, just 20 minutes of walking can significantly improve your mood and give you a boost of energy that may last for hours.

May Prevent or Help Manage Health Conditions

Walking may help reduce the risk of chronic disease and can help those with health conditions manage their symptoms. The American Diabetes Association reports that walking lowers your blood sugar levels and your overall risk for diabetes, and may also reduce your risk of chronic heart diseases such as heart disease and dementia. Regular walking may also decrease your risk of stroke and cardiovascular disease.

There are so many incredible benefits to be gained from walking on a regular basis. As your Top Rated Local® chiropractor here in Murfreesboro, your health and wellness are our main priority. Therefore, implementing a walking routine into your chiropractic care will only add to the whole body health benefits that chiropractic care offers. Your joints, muscles, and bones will thank you. If you would like to schedule a chiropractic visit, give our team at Barfield Chiropractic a call. To learn more about the amazing health benefits that walking provides, check back for part two of our short blog series.