orthopedics, sports medicine

Walk this way or any way to stay in shape

Take a walk. It’s really good for you.

Health experts say a brisk stroll can help you:

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes.
  • Strengthen your bones and muscles.
  • Improve your mood.
  • Improve your balance and coordination.

The faster, farther and more frequently you walk, the greater the benefits. If you do decide to start walking, experts recommend following these steps:

  • Your head is up. You’re looking forward, not at the ground.
  • Your neck, shoulders and back are relaxed, not stiffly upright.
  • You’re swinging your arms freely with a slight bend in your elbows. A little pumping with your arms is OK.
  • Your stomach muscles are slightly tightened and your back is straight, not arched forward or backward.
  • You’re walking smoothly, rolling your foot from heel to toe.

Signature Medical Group believes a walk in the park is a great way to stay in shape. Our sports medicine experts and nutritionists will do our best to keep you on the move.

Any questions about getting into a routine? Make an appointment today with one of our specialists and we’ll get you going.