Are you the kind of person to make grand New Year’s resolutions and then end up quietly abandoning them mid-February? May I suggest, then, a seemingly small and completely achievable resolution that will have grand effects? Walking for just 20 minutes a day! As a Northcote Chiropractor, I frequently treat the direct (often painful) results of a sedentary lifestyle. In this blog, therefore, I would like to explore the ways in which a mere 20 minutes of walking a day can contribute to increased mobility, better spine health and greater overall wellbeing.
Benefits of Walking
Walking is a low-impact exercise that promotes good posture and helps maintain spinal alignment. By creating mobility in the spine and improving the spine’s range of motions, walking for 20 minutes a day can help to improve posture, flexibility, and balance.
Joint mobility and muscle engagement
One of the key areas that chiropractors address is joint mobility. Walking is a natural way to keep joints lubricated and functioning optimally. The rhythmic motion of walking helps nourish the joints, reducing the risk of stiffness and discomfort. As well as all that juicy joint mobility, walking also activates various muscle groups, contributing to a balanced musculature that supports the spine.
Walking (at a relatively good clip) elevates the heart rate, promoting cardiovascular health. Studies have shown that regular walking can reduce your risk of heart disease and stroke by strengthening the heart, lowering blood pressure, and improving cholesterol levels.
Losing a little weight is often a New Year’s resolution that follows the festive-season revelries. Regular walks, when combined with a balanced diet, can contribute to weight management, reducing the load on the spine and joints, and thus also reducing the likelihood of musculoskeletal issues.
Take the first step: contact a Northcote Chiropractor for your spinal health
While the benefits of walking are vast, it is essential to acknowledge that individual health needs vary. If you’re experiencing persistent back pain, joint discomfort, or any other musculoskeletal issues, don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our Northcote Chiropractor is trained to assess and address the root causes of your pain, providing personalised care to enhance your overall wellbeing.