Physical Therapy Tips – Mastering the Art of Walking

We should be grateful for the instincts and development we have enjoyed since birth. Most of us are fortunate to have taken that crucial first step between 11 and 14 months old. Yes, crawling came first, but accomplishing the skill to walk is one of our immeasurable gifts in life. It is second nature for the most of us. With such simplicity, walking takes us from one destination to another and can be an adventure in itself. Walking requires no special skills, and no extra equipment. The experience can be as varied as the weather conditions.

People are almost dumb-founded to hear the actual benefits of walking daily, for a short 40 minute period. We’ve all heard that time is money, but where does our own health factor into our busy lives and budgets?

-Walking is Exercise! Just Simple Exercise!

-Walking, a painless activity burns more calories than you think.

-Reduces Cholesterol! Walking can slowly reduce your cholesterol levels.

-Walking can lower your risk of high blood pressure and reduce your chance of a heart attack.

-While calories burn, your waist will begin to slim and your body muscles will gradually tone.

-Surprisingly, walking will relieve your appetite.

– A 40-minute morning walk, almost daily, can elevate your daily energy levels and stamina.

-For those who suffer from osteoporosis (a disease where bones lose density), walking can slow down the disease process.

-We all live stressful lives. Walking can help relieve mental stress and physical tension.

-Walking on dirt trails, school tracks, or asphalt is softer than concrete or sidewalks.

-Walking can be shared. Of course it is great to have your daily walk by yourself. It is gratifying and calming. However, taking your dog(s), spouse and kids on a walk through the neighborhood, or around a local lake can be as diverse as the direction, weather and season.

We never suggest walking in poor conditions, when the temperature is bitter cold, when pavement is icy, or when the sun beats down on you making it uncomfortable or unsafe for you to walk. The time that is spent walking provides time for thought, while exercising. In the end, it’s a win-win for all who develop the Art of Walking.

Stay tuned for the next article in a series on walking: The Arch Supports Epidemic