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Walk yourself to better health
I thought this would be a good time to encourage everyone to take some exercise and look at how to walk. As an Osteopath, I am often watching people’s walking style, feeling that I would like to give them some advice. Walking is one of the earliest skills we develop but from about the age of 8 children start copying the way their parents walk, usually picking up bad habits!
The benefits of walking
Just remember, prior to the last century, walking was our primary way of transport. Walking can be as challenging as you wish to make it. It’s good for cardiovascular fitness, increases your metabolism so can be used to encourage weight loss and because it is a weight bearing exercise, it strengthens your bones by increasing your bone density. Another benefit to taking exercise is that you reduce the risk of developing heart disease, diabetes and cancer. There is also a link between exercise and back pain – those that exercise, generally experience less back pain – as I have discussed previously www.theodihamclinic.co.uk/exercise_helps
Tips on walking correctly
Firstly, the better your posture, the more efficient your walking will be. If you are not in balance, your muscles have to work harder to compensate, becoming tired which is when they start to ache. If you need a spinal / postural assessment, we would be pleased to help you. Otherwise, here are some useful tips on how you might improve your walking style:
If you would like to start walking but would prefer to do it with some company, why not set yourself a challenge to walk yourself to better health? Consider joining one of the organised Hart Health Walks.