Now that it’s finally starting to feel like Spring, why not take your workout routine outdoors? Whether enjoying the wonder of nature or simply the company of a friend, walking can be a healthful, invigorating experience. It requires virtually no equipment, improves cardiovascular endurance, tones muscles and burns calories. The American Chiropractic Association offers the following tips to help your walk be an effective, pain-free workout:
- Make sure your shoes fit properly-the balls of your feet should rest exactly at the point where the toe end of the shoe bends during walking.
- Move your arms freely, in coordination with the opposite leg.
- Don’t stoop your head or look down as you walk.
- Don’t carry weights or dumbbells, which are better used as a separate part of your exercise regimen.
- Walk briskly, with purpose.
- Stay hydrated by drinking 10 eight-ounce glasses of water throughout the day.
- If possible, walk on a cushioned or rubberized surface. Grass is another good option, but watch out for hidden dips or holes in the ground.
If following your walk, you experience more than a little soreness, consult your doctor of chiropractic.
Article from American Chiropractic Association