Walking is one of the most underrated activities that is often discounted because of its simplicity. It’s an easy exercise that almost anyone can do anywhere at any time.
Despite numerous studies advocating for the benefits of walking, many people are still on the fence about adding a walk to their daily routine. A big misconception about exercise is that movements must be complex and difficult to “count” as exercise. This misconception damages our perception and approach to physical fitness and can leave many people feeling like they shouldn’t even bother with exercise in the first place.
The good news is that walking absolutely counts as exercise, and in fact should be done more often.
5 Reasons to Walk
Walking for as little as 20 minutes a day has been found to show significant improvements in your overall health, including:
1. Improving cardiovascular health
2. Strengthening muscles and bones
3. Increasing focus, mood, and memory
4. Boosting immune system function
5. Helping prevent and manage common health problems, including inflammatory and musculoskeletal conditions
How to Increase Your Step Count
Here are a few easy changes you can make to add more steps into your daily routine:
Park farther away. At work, the grocery store, or the movie theater, park farther away from the front door.
Take the stairs. If you are traveling and have the option, choose the stairs over the elevator. Taking the stairs can help build glute and leg strength in addition to increasing your step count.
Pace while brainstorming. Walk around while talking on the phone, working out a difficult problem, or brainstorming. Getting your body moving can also help improve your focus.
Take breaks. If you work at a desk, make sure you take frequent breaks to walk around and stretch your legs.
Airrosti Keeps You Moving
If aches and pains have been keeping you from being as active as you would like, consider scheduling an appointment with Airrosti .
Our providers are dedicated to finding the root cause of pain and fixing injuries at the source for fast, long-lasting results. By combining a thorough evaluation and injury diagnosis with conservative, comprehensive treatment plans, Airrosti treatment can help significantly restore function and range of motion.
Out of over 1,000,000 injuries treated, our patients have reported 88.3% complete injury resolution at the completion of their Airrosti treatment plan. Most injuries were resolved in an average of 3.2 visits.
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