Walking is a profound activity: it gets us off our butt and out the door to interact with the day, to take part in the human experience, to see, hear and smell new things. But something equally profound happens to your musculoskeletal being during the average walk as well: every step you take is contributing to the longevity of your body. Perhaps the most rewarding aspect of a walk is that it contributes to spinal balance, which is something we take seriously at Haynes Chiropractic. Taking a walk contributes to your well-being in the following ways:
- Preserving range of motion: walking helps tone your “everyday muscles,” the ones used most frequently, keeping you more flexible and less susceptible to injury.
- Improving circulation: getting your blood moving means that the cells in your body are receiving the oxygen and nutrients you need to feel your best.
- Reducing pain: you feel more at ease during a walk. This is because your body naturally releases endorphins and promotes the movement of sedentary joints.
The next time you go for a walk, whether it be to the grocery store, to the mailbox or to the bathroom, think about the importance of each step. At Haynes Chiropractic, we believe that walking is purposeful and we want to help you rediscover its power in terms of well being; no matter what health goal you have in mind, it can benefit from an after dinner stroll.
Dr. Jeff Haynes, D.C.