As Australians have now well and truly defrosted from the winter months, there’s no better way to start embracing the change in season than with the ultimate exercise, walking!
Walking is the perfect, low impact exercise that can easily fit into your daily routine. Some of the many benefits of walking including helping to increase your cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance, and contributes to a naturally upright posture. It is also a great way to help improve health and overall wellbeing.
If you’re looking to put more steps into your spring, here are some helpful tips that can get you out and active.
Set realistic and achievable goals for yourself. Start off by going for 30 minute walks three to four days a week This can be by trying to get in 10,000 steps a day or start off with 30-minute walks, three to four days a week then adding more days in as you go. They say it takes 21 days to form a habit, so why not put it to the test!
Set realistic and achievable goals for yourself. This can either be by trying to get in 10,000 steps a day or committing to walking for 30 minutes a day for a whole week straight. Just take it one day at a time and try your best!
Incorporate Walking into your Routine
Morning: Starting your day off with a walk is a great way to get your exercise done and dusted early. You might have to go to bed a bit earlier to squeeze in your 30-minute walk, but you will gain the energy you need to kick-start your day and feel accomplished.
Lunch time: Everyone deserves a break, so commit to not working through lunch and go for a midday walk. It’s a great way to clear your head, refresh yourself for the rest of the day, and get some fresh air.
Afternoon/night: Sometimes it can take a little while to decompress after work. An afternoon 30-minute walk can help you relax into the evening. Use a walk to catch up with family and friends all while feeling the benefits of walking and exercise.
Just Start Walking App
The Just Start Walking app, developed by the Australian Chiropractors Association, is a great tool to help get you walking today. The app has a number of features, including tracking distance and pace of walk, setting goals, daily reminders, ability to save walks, connect to Spotify and so much more! Download the free app today from the App Store or 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