If you can’t run then walk!
We walk daily for regular activity and function. A regular walking program can be very helpful in improving wellness, whether it is returning from an injury or helping with chronic pain. There are numerous reasons why it is beneficial to establish a walking program. On average, an individual may walk anywhere from 2,500- 5,000 steps each day. Setting a goal to meet each week is a great way to keep track of your walking. Whether you keep track of your steps or just track how long of an afternoon walk you take each day, try to reach and progress past your goal. An effective walking program should be performed 3 to 4 times per week and gradually increasing intensity to improve endurance, strength and avoid injury. Walking can help to maintain bone mass, tone muscles, and reduce stress. Walking is good for cardiovascular endurance, improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, improving balance, and improving sleeping habits. Make sure you keep safety in mind with your walking program. Use walking sticks or assisted device as needed, drink plenty of water, walk at cooler times of the day, and wear supportive shoes.
Walking is one of the simplest and most beneficial exercise routines that majority of people can participate with no special equipment. However, please consult your doctor prior to starting a walking program to make sure exercise is safe for your current health condition. If you have concerns about a current injury or chronic pain symptoms please consult your physical therapist or contact our office to make an appointment to assess condition of your injury.