The New Year inevitably brings with it resolutions for most people, some of whom will do their best to carry them on throughout 2013…hats off to you guys! These resolutions may involve joining a gym, starting a new diet, or simply putting a stop to the recent over indulgence of festive alcohol. It’s a great opportunity to change your lifestyle but it doesn’t have to cost the earth to make it a healthier one. One easy way to make a change is to start walking.
Regular walking has been shown to reduce the risk of chronic illnesses, such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, asthma, stroke and some cancers.
It will be no surprise to you that the majority of clients who visit our Wantage Chiropractic Clinic do so because of a recent or ongoing problem with back pain. One way we can all minimise back pain is by swapping our sedentary lifestyles for a little more exercise. The body is designed to ‘shock-absorb’ a certain amount of vertical force, but long periods of sitting result in the tightening and weakening of the back muscles. Walking helps to strengthen the muscles and discs in the back, reducing the risk of developing more common back problems.
For more information on local walks in and around Oxfordshire visit the Walking in Oxfordshire website, or take a look at the walk4life site to find out other ways to take that first step to a healther lifestyle.