Getting in Shape May Be Easier Than You Think!

June 16, 2021

Everyone knows how important a consistent exercise routine is.  Many think that this process is too difficult, or that they don’t have the time to get in a “good workout.” But this doesn’t have to be the case! Walking is an easy exercise that has just as many health benefits as spending time in the gym.

Walking offers many health benefits and is something that we do every day. This activity helps you maintain a healthy weight, decreases high blood pressure and helps to control Type 2 diabetes. Walking can also strengthen your muscles and bones because it is a weight-bearing exercise. This is very beneficial as your bone density begins to decline with age.

Walking is a wonderful exercise but walking around the house or the yard is not going to offer you maximum benefit. There are still other elements to consider when using walking as a workout. The first is to make sure you are walking with good posture. This is going to engage more of your muscles while you walk, as well as open your airway to improve lung capacity. You will want to make sure you are looking forward, have your chest up with your shoulders back and not slouched forward. Make sure to swing your arms as you stride out. This will increase your pace which offers greater cardiovascular benefit.

As simple as walking is, you still also need to take precautions and properly prepare yourself for the activity. Having shoes that offer support to the arch of your foot is important. They should also offer a cushion to absorb the shock of your foot striking the ground. Be sure that you warm up properly before walking. One easy way to do this is to walk slowly for about five or 10 minutes, and then gradually increase your pace from there. Lastly, you need to make sure that you are properly cooling down when you are done. You should slow your pace for five to 10 minutes at the end of your walk, and make sure to properly stretch your muscles when you are finished.

Remember to start slow, and don’t overdo it. You may not be able to go out and walk five miles your first time. Try walking to the end of the block or the end of your street and back. If this goes well, you can go a little farther next time because consistency is going to be key. If you regularly go out for walks and increase your distance little by little, you will have a solid exercise routine established and be on your way to living a healthier lifestyle!

Don’t forget, Brunswick Forest has up to 100 miles of walking trails for you to take advantage of! If you have any questions on how to get started safely with a walking or any other exercise routine, feel free to reach out to Coastal Integrative Health here in The Villages of Brunswick Forest! You can give them a call at 833-497-1001 .