The more you understand your body and how it functions, the better equipped you'll be at taking care of yourself to achieve optimal health. We've included the Patient Education section on our website to provide you with valuable, practical wellness information which you can incorporate into your lifestyle to improve the quality of your life. We hope you will turn to these pages whenever you have a question about health related issues and urge you to contact our practice at any time to make an appointment with one of our doctors.
Surprisingly, walking burns about as many calories as running or jogging, yet carries less a risk of cardiac over-exertion or risk of injuries such as shin splints.
A brisk, 15-minute walking mile can do wonders for you.
Simple tips on walking
- Allow your arms to move naturally; don't keep them rigid. The key is to relax while you are walking.
- Avoid carrying weight equipment, such as small dumbbells.
- Be mindful of the kind of surface on which you walk. The most ideal kind of surface is cushioned or rubberized, although it is hard to find anywhere except an indoor track or fitness facility. Grass is another semi-ideal surface because it "gives" to your weight. Concrete, tile, stone or linoleum floors are among the worst kinds of surfaces on which to walk.
- Experts generally agree that you should start out walking about 20 minutes several days a week, gradually increasing that to 30, 40, 50 minutes, and so on.
- In colder months, layer your clothing. This will allow your body to trap heat that it needs, and shed heat that it doesn't need.
- Invest in a good quality pair of walking or running shoes that give you plenty of support in the heel, ball and arch. Uppers should be composed of breathable materials such as nylon or leather.
- Keep you head and chin up at all times. This not only ensures a neutral spine, but keeps you alert to dangers, such as cars or other hazards.
- Walk briskly.