January 27

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Get out there and Walk or Why walking is an easy choice for daily exercise. By Rachel Gorman Osteopathic Practitioner

The short article will explore some of the ways in which incorporating a short walk

into your daily routine will help boost your overall health.

The Public Health Agency of Canada, in line with the World Health Organization,

recommends 30 minutes of daily exercise that is somewhere between moderate and

vigorous in nature. For the purpose of this review, let’s place a nicely paced walk

into the moderate category, and speed walking into the vigorous end of the

spectrum.

Why Walking?

? Walking is low impact for the body, therefore has low potential for injuries.

? It helps to maintain healthy fluid mechanics. ie. The pumping action of the

muscles in our lower limb helps with lymphatic and venous return. This is

good for our immune system and the health of our heart!

? Cost–effective; anyone can do it without breaking the bank on extra sports

gear or pricy memberships.

? Keeping up with a brisk or moderate pace has shown to burn as many

calories as running or jogging.

Who already implements this sort of thing?

Children in Japan have been walking to school since 1953. It’s true! In that year,

the practice of walking to school was implemented for school children. 61 years

down the road, this policy is now responsible for curbing childhood obesity in

that country by providing daily sources of physical activity.

To put it into perspective, only 3.5% of Japan’s population is considered obese,

while a recent study concluded that close to 25% of Canadians are obese. Now, I

don’t mean to conclude that this one factor is the key difference between two

countries and cultures to account for such a large difference in percentage, but

there is something to be said for establishing healthy active routines at a young

age while our bodies are still developing.

Our bodies are built to move! Some of our most inherent mechanisms require

motion in the body in order to operate; this is true for good blood circulation as well

as keeping bones strong and joints healthy. What better, and non-harmful way to do

this than to choose to walk instead of hopping on the subway or streetcar, or

spending some quality time with yourself or a loved one for a stroll.

Get out there!

Rachel Gorman is a Professional Student Osteopath practicing at Aches Away Toronto in Downtown Toronto. Check out her services and rates here

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