May is National Walking Month…

So what are the benefits of walking, well it can:

  • Improve cardiovascular fitness
  • Strengthen bones
  • Reduce excess body fat
  • Boost muscle power and endurance
  • Improve balance

Walking can also reduce the risk of developing conditions such as:

  • heart disease
  • type 2 diabetes
  • osteoporosis
  • some cancers
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol
  • joint and muscular pain or stiffness

Below are a few suggestions to incorporate walking as part of your daily routine:

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift
  • Walk to your local shops
  • Use a pedometer – measure the number of steps you take in a day

This tool could be used as motivation to ensure you reach the recommended number of 10,000 steps a day

To increase fitness levels, you can increase the intensity by

  • walking up hills
  • walking with hand weights
  • walking for longer
  • increasing the distance you walk
  • increasing your walking speed

Don’t want to walk alone then there are plenty of local walking group to make walking fun.  Try the Hertfordshire Health Walks, the Herts Weekend Walkers or even the Chilterns Weekend Walkers.  Even if you don’t fancy meeting new people, then just take your friends and family for a walk instead. Make walking fun again and part of your lifestyle.

This is why we aim to be the best Osteopaths in Hertfordshire.  To make an appointment contact us at [email protected] or on 01923 710424.

by Anita Singadia, Osteopath & Sports Massage Therapist