Welcome to the Kuwamoto Chiropractic blog! We are excited to help you kick off spring with a post about how to get out and get active again. It’s hard to get off the couch after being stuck inside with the colder Fresno temperatures.

If you haven’t been active in months, walking can be a great way to not only get active, but to even increase the health of your spine. Today, we are going to give you a few reasons to get off the couch and get moving once again.

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5 Reasons to Get Walking

Walking has a lot of overlooked benefits for people of all ages. If you want to get moving and experience better spinal health, we encourage you to invest time in walking and here’s why.

Strengthens Muscles

The quote “what you don’t use, you lose” rings true for your muscles; to maintain your muscle mass and strength, you must continue to move. Though walking isn’t something we associate with building muscle, it is a great way to continue to build strength and endurance. Particularly, walking can strengthen your feet, legs, hips, and torso. Additionally, because you are strengthening the muscles surrounding your spine, you are increasing your spinal stability.

Nourishes Spinal Structures

Walking can also nourish your spinal structures. Moving your body increases your blood flow which can allow you to increase your body’s circulation and helps your body to receive nutrients to get rid of toxins. Circulation will not only help you feel better physically and mentally, but will inspire greater spinal health, nourishment, and detoxification.

Improves Flexibility

If you don’t use your muscles, you won’t only lose strength and stability, but you will also lose flexibility. Flexibility is important for maintaining optimal health for several reasons:

  • Increase your range of motion
  • Prevents awkward movements which can lead to injury
  • Proper posture

Walking can allow you to maintain and increase your range of motion, and supplemental stretching can also help you continue to increase your flexibility. Keeping your muscles and tissues limber will allow you to avoid potential injury as well.

Strengthens Bones

Walking doesn’t just strengthen muscles and help keep your soft tissues healthy. Walking can have a profound effect on your bones as well. Not only can walking strengthen your bones, but it can help you maintain bone density and avoid degenerative diseases such as osteoporosis. Walking can also help you to reduce osteoarthritis pain.

Helps With Weight Control

Finally, walking can greatly help with weight control. Many, when they think of losing or controlling their weight, think they need to invest in extreme measures, strenuous workout routines, and fad dieting. There is a time and a place for hitting the gym hard and making changes to your diet, but often walking can help maintain your weight no matter your age.

To learn how you can have a healthier spine and enjoy greater mental and physical well-being, call for a consultation with Dr. Russel Kuwamoto, our chiropractor. Dr. Kuwamoto and his staff would love to help you have a healthier spine and enjoy overall better health. Contact us today!