Spring is a great time to commit to a new exercise routine, and a walking program will provide you with the kind of physical boost that can serve you well for years to come. In fact, the Mayo Clinic itself supports the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s 12-week walking schedule, which it describes as a pathway to improved health. If you experience any physical impediments or health concerns, chiropractic care can help prepare you to take on this exercise challenge.
The 12-Week Walking Schedule
The plan presented by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has specific suggestions:
- Set your sights to walk at least five days out of the week;
- Always warm up with five minutes of slower-paced walking;
- End each walk with a cool down that includes five minutes of slower-paced walking;
- Start each day’s walk with a pace that you’re comfortable with;
- Gradually pick that pace up until you’re walking at a brisk pace – which results in somewhat heavy breathing but that also allows you to carry on a conversation; and
- Increase your total walking time by several minutes each week and aim for a total of at least 40 minutes of walking per session.
This represents a great plan for engaging in increased physical activity, but there is even more on offer.
Wait, There’s More
Walking is a great place to start your exercise journey, but strength training can really amp up the benefits of your routine – according to the Department of Health and Human Services. In fact, they suggest that you incorporate a twice-a-week strength training program for all of the major muscle groups, such as a well-orchestrated weight-lifting routine.
Not everyone is ready to engage in such a thorough exercise program, but chiropractic care can help you get there. If you experience aches or pains that prevent you from being as active as you’d like, chiropractic care can help. If you have health issues that prevent you from fully committing to achieving your healthiest you, chiropractic care is there.
If You Are Ready to Engage in a Health-Inducing Exercise Program, Contact a Tampa Bay Chiropractor Today
Chiropractic care can help you not only feel better but also move more. Because Tampa Bay Spine & Injury provides truly integrated physical medicine, all of our patients receive individualized treatment. Our goal is to help you achieve your health goals. Contact Tampa Bay Spine & Injury for an appointment today. We have two offices that are conveniently located in Brandon (813-381-3852) and St. Petersburg (727-898-3852), so please call us regarding your health goals.