With shorter days and colder nights, it can be hard to keep active and motivated. That combined with the other responsibilities of everyday life like working, eating right, getting enough sleep and socialising, it can be hard squeeze physical activity in your day.
However, whether you’ve had an active lifestyle for many years or just wanting to kick start your fitness goals, walking is the perfect, low impact exercise that can easily fit into your lifestyle. Some of the benefits of walking include improving circulation, mobility, core strength and even boosting energy levels and mood. It is also a great way to improve health and overall wellbeing.
It is great to be able to enjoy this country in all its season, including winter! So here are a few tips to help you step out and enjoy the fresh, crisp air while moving you body:
- Set goals and track your progress – walking each day is a commitment and your whole body will thank you for it. Setting goals and tracking your progress can be very encouraging and motivating.
- Start slowly – walking doesn’t need to take up too much time. Start slowly and gradually build up your walking pace and duration.
- Warm up and cool down – warming up slowly raises your body temperature and may help reduce risk of injury while cooling down allows the body to gradually bring down the heart rate.
- Stay hydrated – this is just as important in winter as it is in the warmer months. Make sure to drink water before starting your walk and re-hydrate when you have completed your walking session.
- Be prepared – check the weather conditions before you begin your walk. Wear appropriate footwear and clothing so you are comfortable.
- Be mindful of your posture – maintain an upright posture throughout and breathe fully and deeply.
To help keep your walking on track, download the free Just Start Walking app, which will record your walk and map your path so you can track your progress! Available from the App Store and Google Play.
Your ACA chiropractor can also help. They can provide you with tailored and appropriate care, as well as lifestyle advice to help improve your spinal health and overall wellbeing.
To find your local ACA chiropractor visit findachiro.org.au