Increasing Activity by Increasing Walks.

Walking with dogsWalking has been a topic I’ve discussed a few times with clients and friends lately. Increasing your number of short walks is a great way to increase your activity levels and there are some great suggestions in this Facebook post from The Blood Sugar Diet.

But how do you get in longer walks if you have joint inflammation and deterioration? Newton’s third law of motion states that, for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Even when you’re just standing still you’re applying force, equal to your weight, downward into the ground. The ground produces an equal upward force known as a ground reaction force (GRF). When you walk the amount of force you send downward is increased and so, the GRF is also increased. This force is applied to your joints; ankles, knees, hips, spine, neck. And the more you weigh, the greater the GRF and the greater the amount of stress applied to your joints.

A great way to increase your activity levels can be to walk in water. The water supports your body and reduces the GRF. You can get those steps up by walking lengths of the pool. If the weather’s warm and the sea is calm you can walk in the ocean, parallel to the shoreline. Either way, you’ll be increasing your activity level without placing undue stress on your joints.

Improve the strength of your joints, and your balance, by regularly playing tai chi with me. See class times here.

And make an appointment for a Bowen treatment to relieve your aches and pains. Take advantage of my Bowen Therapy Special Offer.

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