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If you’re tired of the treadmill or you’re weary of water aerobics, the answer to revamping your exercise routine could be as simple as stepping outside.

Walking. We do it every day, but if we did it for fitness every day we’d all be much better off.

Do it alone, use it as an opportunity to catch up with a friend or make it a scheduled time in the day to take your dog for a walk. It’s simple, it’s low-maintenance, and you can essentially do it anywhere.

Walking improves cardiovascular endurance, tones lower body muscles, burns calories and reduces the risk of heart disease.

If you want to walk yourself toward a healthier lifestyle, take these steps first to get started.

Pick the right shoes. Properly-fitting shoes are critical to keeping your body healthy while walking. Select shoes with plenty of cushioning and support in the soles. Since your feet swell during exercise, shop for shoes after a workout or at the end of the day when your feet are their largest. Wear any shoes you try on at the store for at least 10 minutes.

Start small and work your way up. You can start out walking just 12 minutes every other day, but try to work up to 30 minutes, five days per week. When walking, move your arms freely in coordination with the opposite leg. Keep your head held high and looking straight ahead to keep your neck lined properly, which will help you carry your weight evenly.

Walk briskly. Don’t just stroll along, as this is not an effective form of cardiovascular exercise. Walk with a purpose.

Choose walking surfaces wisely. Some are better than others on your musculoskeletal system. Walking on a cushioned or rubber track is best to absorb the impact of your walking. Grass is a good alternative if you do not have access to that type of track. Concrete is not ideal because it does not absorb as much of the impact from walking. This is where cushioned shoes come into play and become critical.

If you are experiencing pain while walking, your chiropractor can diagnose and treat the affected area and help you get back in good shape. Contact us at Advantage Chiropractic Clinic by calling 334-821-2552 to make an appointment today! #ACC #Walking


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