Take a Walk On The Healthy Side

Untitled design (7)  3 Reasons to Incorporate Locomotion into Your Daily Routine (or on the Dance Floor).

Stroll, saunter, amble, hike, toddle, stride, walk.  “Walking”-As defined by Wikipedia, “one of the main gaits of locomotion among legged animals, and is typically slower than running and other gaits.”[1]  We wait with eager anticipation for our children to start walking, then watch them frantically as they walk from one dangerous situation to another.  We walk to the playground, school, our best friend’s house, the corner store, as children.  We walk to classes in college.   Then, we stop.  We start driving, riding with others, or taking public transportation.  The longest walk most of us get is from our car to the store in the grocery store parking lot.

Walking is a privilege we don’t appreciate as much as we should.   As society grows more sedentary and mechanistic, we begin to lose touch with the primitive reflexes that help to keep our brains in balance.  We often neglect to stop and smell the roses.  I would like to take the time to refresh your memory about the benefits of walking.  We must all exercise in one form or another and appreciate the abilities that we all hold as people.  The best part is that, unlike many other physical activities, we can enjoy the benefits of walking from toddlerhood through the golden years {Click to Tweet} as we walk through this journey called life.

 The Benefits

  1.  Better Health

As Hippocrates said, “[w]alking is man’s best medicine.”    It has been well understood for many centuries that walking can help the body fight off certain disease.  “In a recent study of nearly 33,000 men and women, it was found that walking 3.5 hours per week decreased the risk of stroke in women by over 40%, though not in men. Walking has long been known to improve many health indicators associated with heart and blood vessel diseases. A lot is said about the benefits of walking to prevent blood vessel or ‘circulatory’ diseases, and now comes more proof: an extensive study examining tens of thousands of men and women revealed that walking about 3.5 hours per week significantly decreased the chances of having a stroke – by 43% – though only in women.”[2] Walking is can also help with “deflecting diabetes, . . . getting off of meds (with approval from prescribing doctor), decreasing fibromyalgia pain, [and] reduc[ing] the possibility of stroke[.]”[3]

2.  Inspire Others   If others see you out walking, it can inspire them to take action in their own lives; to maybe take that extra step literally and figuratively.  It’s like Gandhi said, “[b]e the change you want to see in the world.”  If you decide to go out walking, you could motivate a random onlooker to put on their walking shoes on and go for a hike.

3.  Save Money and Your Relationships.    Walking is also great for “souping up your sex life, saving on gym costs, . . and saving your mind.” {Click to Tweet} [4]

Multiple fitness gurus recommend that you should walk at LEAST 10,000 steps per day!!![5]  You may ask, who the heck is going to sit and add that all up?  Here’s the great part – you don’t have to!!  These days there are so many great options to track how many steps or the total distance you walk in one day.  I still prefer a good old trusty pedometer, which will count the steps you take and then convert that number into distance.  For the techies out there, there are lots of higher tech options, like the Fitbit, the Apple Watch, etc. that can track your steps, distance, calories burned, and many other things.  Click here to read about the latest and greatest fitness trackers.

So, next time you are parking at the grocery store and you are looking for the spot closest to the building, take a look towards the far horizon of the parking lot and set your compass there.   Your pedometer will be happy, which means more benefits for you!!

So, whether you Walk This Way, Walk Like an Egyptian, Walk Like a Winner, Walk on the Wild Side or decide to do some Walking in Memphis or any other city – just walk! {Click to Tweet}  And, today, invite your Mom to come along.  Happy Mother’s Day!

Dr. Andrew Kender
May 10, 2015

www.balancingyourchemistry.com
info@feohio.com

Functional Endocrinology of Ohio
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Dr. Keith S. Ungar, Dr. David Starkey and Dr. Andrew Kender, Chiropractic Physicians

[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walking
[2] www.trimdownclub.com “Stroke” (Huerta JM et al. 2013;44(1):111-8).
[3] www.rodalenews.com, “8 Astonishing Benefits of Walking
[4] www.thewalkingsite.com
[5] Id.

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