Hello, and welcome back to the Barfield Chiropractic blog. In our recent post, we started looking at some of the many wonderful health benefits of walking on a regular basis. Walking is an excellent, low-impact exercise that is easy on the joints, which not only enhances your physical health, but which may also improve your mental health. Walking is a great way to get a low-impact workout that gets the circulation going to support spinal health, cardiovascular health, which also strengthens muscles, supports bones and joints, improves mood, and may even help prevent diseases and manage health conditions. Let’s explore more of the benefits of walking in today’s blog post.

Walk to Relieve Back Pain

One of the greatest advantages of walking is that it helps reduce back pain. The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) reports that as many as 31 million Americans experience lower back pain at a given time, and that as much as 80 percent of the population will experience a form of back pain at some point in their lives. Combining chiropractic care with walking for 20 to 30 minutes, three to five times a week, can help relieve back pain. Staying active is a great way to improve circulation, increase range of motion, and enhance overall body function. Walking helps to strengthen muscles in the legs and abdomen, which will strengthen the core and help improve posture. Additionally, strengthening muscles helps to redistribute the pressure placed on the back, which can ease back and neck pain.

Helps Maintain a Healthy Weight

Walking is a great way to shed a few pounds and help you manage a healthy weight. Excess weight, especially in the middle region, places added pressure on the spine and lower back, while also offsetting your balance. Over time, added weight can lead to chronic lower back pain, ache in other regions of the back, and sciatica. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) suggests beginning your walking routine with 10 minute walks every day to build up your endurance, working toward a goal of 30 to 45 minute walks five days a week. The ADA also says that walking to get fit encourages weight loss and lowers your blood sugar levels, reducing the risk for diabetes. Additionally, the Arthritis Foundation notes that arthritis is more common among adults who are overweight or obese, so taking regular walks at a brisk pace will help you lose excess weight that contributes to back pain.

Improves Flexibility and Movement

Staying active by walking daily is an excellent way to improve flexibility while staying mobile. As we age, the body loses its flexibility which affects range of motion and mobility. Walking gets the blood flowing, strengthens muscles, and supports joints, all of which help to improve flexibility. By combining chiropractic care, stretching, massage therapy, and regular walks, you improve your posture, range of motion, and overall muscle and joint function. This can help ease neck and back pain, and soreness in other areas of the body.   

Enhances Mental Clarity and Focus

Taking a walk in the morning before you get started with work, during your lunch break, or after a long day at work gives you a chance to clear your mind, focus yourself on the goals you wish to achieve for that day or the next, and organize your thoughts. Because walking stimulates the heart rate that gets the blood pumping, taking a walk gives you a burst of mental and physical energy which can be especially helpful when you need help focusing or need a boost of creativity when you’re feeling stuck.

Establishing a regular walking routine for yourself and is great for both your physical and mental health, can help relieve aches and pains, and is a great way to get fit while enjoying the scenery in gorgeous Murfreesboro. In addition, walking may improve your overall health and can reduce your risk of serious health conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease. Taking regular walks is an effective, low-impact method for improving your spinal health, especially when combined with regular chiropractic care, muscle therapy, and spinal decompression. If you are interested in improving your overall health and wellness while reducing pain with effective chiropractic treatments, call Barfield Chiropractic, Murfreesboro’s Top Rated Local® chiropractor, to schedule an appointment.