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These Feet Were Made For Walking.

By Dr. Michael Pritsker, DC

Do you want to feel healthy, more energy, and less stiff? Then get outside and stroll! Strolling and running helps most everybody, regardless of age. About 67 million men and women are strolling and running regularly. Convinced that it is good fitness, they’re making it a part of their every day routine. And their numbers are increasing every year, according to the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.

The benefits of walking, it seems, go on and on. The American Podiatric Medical Association recommends walking to ward off a number of related ills. The following is just a small list of benefits when it comes to walking. Walking strengthens your heart and lungs, and improves circulation. This is great for people worrying about heart disease and circulation problems. Another benefit of walking is that it reduces obesity and high blood pressure. It also boosts your metabolic rate and lowers your cholesterol. Another great thing is that it improves muscle tone. And for those that are always stressed out, it reduces stress and tension. An additional benefit is that it reduces arthritis pain and stops bone tissue decay.

Walking actually strengthens your heart and lungs. This benefit causes an improved circulation. Your heart is a muscle, so it is increasing in strength just as leg muscles increase in strength when they work out. By walking, you elevate your heart rate and you teach the body how to use oxygen efficiently. The work should feel like it is making you “warm and slightly out of breath.”

Did you know that walking and other exercise increases the blood flow to the brain? Many physicians recommend adding regular walking and exercise as a natural treatment to relieve a bout of depression. The cause of depression is related to brain chemistry. By getting your brain to release more of the happy chemicals, the endorphins, you achieve naturally what many prescription drugs and herbs try to do.

Now, when you are ready to begin, consider these strolling and running tips from the United States Podiatric Medicine Association. First of all, move at a steady pace. Move briskly enough to make your cardiac beat faster. Remember to breathe better and more deeply. Keep good position. Stroll with your head erect, back straight, and abdomen flat. Be sure to swing your arms. Keep them relaxed, as they may increase your pace! Maintain proper foot motion. As you stroll, land on the heel of your foot and roll forward to push off on the ball of your foot. Stay on level stretches. Avoid excessively steep hills and embanked roadways. And finally, be sure to cool down when your routine is complete.

After a long, brisk walk this will help pump blood back up from your legs to where it’s needed. Here’s where some stretching exercises can be helpful. And don’t forget, if you ever have any questions or concerns about your health, talk to a chiropractor. Contact them with your, “Here’s what I was wondering about,” type questions, instead of “Guess what I just did,” statements. They are there to help, and don’t enjoy anything more than participating in your life long good health!

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