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Get Up, Get Movin’! 6 Benefits Of Walking

June 16, 2016

You don’t have to be a runner to participate in the Spinal Research Foundation’s We’ve Got Your Back Race For Spinal Health! Walking is an excellent form of exercise; whether you are just starting to exercise, recovering from an injury or are just looking to get outside and get moving; read on for tips on how walking can improve your life and what you need to get started.

Physical activity in general helps to control your weight and improve overall health. Adults need at least two and a half hours of physical activity a week at a moderate level. Fast paced walking would meet those requirements. According to the CDC, adults who walk for transportation, fun or exercise went up 6% from 2005.

  1. Can help lower LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol)
  2. Lowers blood pressure
  3. Reduces risk or manages type 2 diabetes
  4. Manage weight
  5. Maintains fitness and strength
  6. Improves mood

Walking is a great, low impact exercise that is not as strenuous as other forms of physical activities. However, if you have cardiovascular disease or high blood pressure, it is important to consult with your physician before beginning a new exercise program.

  1. The only special gear needed is a good pair of shoes, look for a pair with a flexible sole and proper arch support, as well as fit
  2. Warm up your muscles by walking in place
  3. Stretch out your muscles (calves, quads, hamstrings, and sides)
  4. Cool down, end your walk with about five minutes of a much slower paced walk, then finish with stretching

To make the most out of your walking sessions, pace and distance will surely give gauge your results. If you are a beginner walker, you should gradually increase your time and pace. The speed at which you walk should be as brisk as your condition permits. Be sure to listen to your body, if you feel faint, dizzy or any other symptoms that leave you uncomfortable; slow down or stop. If symptoms persist contact your physician.


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People seek care from Virginia Spine Institute because of their elite team of board-certified spine-specialized physicians offering unique approaches to safe and effective back and neck pain relief. As one of the few centers that begin treatment with non-surgical options before recommending surgery, 90% of their patients get better without spine surgery. Through a comprehensive model, Virginia Spine Institute is able to offer regenerative medicine, non-operative treatments, minimally-invasive spine surgery, and physical therapy through their team of spine specialists.


The team’s dedication to detail and patient success is a shining light in the field of spinal healthcare. As pioneers and leaders in this field, they have also accomplished many of the world’s firsts in spine surgery by using modern treatments and cutting-edge technology not offered anywhere else.

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