It’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that exercise is the universal antidote for pretty much all that ails ya. I read recently that people who exercise see and hear better than people who don’t…go figure. Realistically, finding time in life to do it is a challenge for a lot of people. Working 8-9 hours a day with 60 minutes of commuting can make getting to the gym tough. Then there is also the expense associated with and gym membership and/or equipment expenses. As far as I’m concerned one of the most convenient as well as inexpensive means of exercising is walking… get home put on your walking shoes and head out the door. Over this blog series I want to mention a few obvious benefits of walking and some you may not have thought of.
Walking has been proven to ease joint pain. Several studies have found that walking does reduce joint pain specifically related to arthritis. Walking distances of only 5-6 miles a week can prevent the formation of arthritis in the first place. The way walking helps the joints and this is especially true in the knee and hip is that the movement serves to lubricate the joint making the two joint surfaces glide easier over each other. Walking also strengthens the muscles around the joint. This creates better joint stability. The less play or wiggle room in any joint the less of a chance of forming bone arthritis.
More next time.