Brisk walking tips to stay active
Apr 2, 2019
Just 30 minutes brisk walking every day can increase your cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness, reduce your risk of heart disease, increase your muscle strength and endurance, and improve your spinal health.
Dr Adam McKenzie from Chiropractic Life NT is passionate about the brain and nervous systems, connection to mind and body and its amazing, but real ability to heal. Adam suggests that not only does walking create a naturally upright posture, but it restores the hydration to your spinal discs. “Through everyday movement, the pressure on our spinal discs causes the squeezing out of the disc’s water, and walking helps to allow for a higher flow of circulation, resulting in increased circulation of water to the discs.”
Tips for brisk walking
Adam shares 5 top tips and tricks for first time brisk walkers:
- Pick a time in the day and schedule it in, as you would an appointment, that way it’s a priority not an option.
- Pick a time that works best for you, whether it’s in the morning before the day starts, or after work to get moving after sitting down all day. Walking works around your schedule.
- Tie walking into your commute by either parking further from your destination or getting off at an earlier stop and walking the rest of the way.
- Grab a walking buddy! Haven’t seen your best friend in while? Lock in a time to walk and talk so you can catch up while working out.
- Set goals! Start with 10,000 steps a day and when you start to hit those with ease move to 15,000 and so on, there’s no such thing as too much walking.
Take the first steps, for a life time of healthy living.
Take an extra challenge!
For an extra challenge: Ignore your phone for the duration of the walk. That way you practice good posture and avoid ‘text neck’ pain caused from looking down.