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The Key to Wellness...

Go Take a Walk!

The Key to Wellness... Go Take a Walk!  

According to Real Simple, walking is “America’s un-trendiest growing trend. In just six years, the number of adults who routinely walk has grown by 20 million… and, that’s a great thing.  

Studies upon studies are being released to show the benefits of walking for your health. Even as little as 100 steps after dinner can impact your health positively.  As we know, a lot of articles have been written about the downside of sitting for long periods of time. A 5 minute stroll, every hour, is linked to the reversal of arterial damage caused by sitting down.  In other words, walking is a great thing.  

Here is a list of some of the health benefits you can experience by incorporating walking into your daily life:

    • Reduce the rick of premature death
    • Boosts Vitamin D levels
    • Significant reduction in blood pressure, body fat, Body Mass Index (BMI), resting heart rate, and total cholesterol - all factors that link to a reduction in your risk of stroke or heart disease
    • Helps prevent dementia
    • Makes you happy!

To fully utilize the benefits of walking, make sure you are doing it the right way

    • Your head should be up, looking forward. You should not be looking at the ground.
    • Your neck and shoulders should be relaxed
    • Swing your arms freely; have a bit of a bend in the elbow
    • Have your abs engaged/tightened, just slightly

Most important to our purposes is your feet.  Your foot should roll from heel to toe, try not to stomp.  Imagine yourself as a model or practicing a ballet move.  Smooth, graceful strides with little if any impact on your knees.  

You also want to make sure you have the proper gear. Wear clothing that is appropriate for the weather and your personal preference. A pedometer is great if you are tracking your steps; make sure you place it on your body per the specific manufacturers instructions for proper readings. With the proliferation of “wearables”, there are numerous choices like Fitbit, Nike Fuel Band, Jawbone Up! and the upcoming Apple Watch.  Many phones also include built in health metrics and activity trackers and will do the trick, like the iPhone 6 and it’s dedicated motion processor.

Your shoe choice is critical for best foot support and alignment. You want to find a pair with the proper arch support, a firm heel and thick flexible soles to cushion your feet.

Here are some examples of shoes we would recommend:

Nike Lunarglide 6
Adidas Ultraboost

Start by incorporating walks into your daily routine. Make sure you have the proper form and gear to make each walk a success.  If you have limitations due to your feet, please visit your local podiatrist to see what is causing you pain and what can be done to remedy the issue.

A simple walk can be the key to wellness, and we believe that wellness begins with the feet.

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