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San Jose Chiropractic Tip: Go out for a walk.

Every step counts! Walks are healthy. Walking is effective, even in small spurts.

Walking as exercise is a growing trend in San Jose and everywhere else. Walking is free and easy.  Walking is a physical activity that most everyone can do. Sadly only about 48% of adults get enough aerobic (activity that gets the heart pumping harder and blood vessels healthier) physical activity (1), so Chiropractic Solutions recommends walking to all of our San Jose chiropractic patients especially as they recover from a back pain episode.


Physical Activity Guidelines recommend only 2 and a half hours a week.  (2) That’s manageable! That can be broken down into smaller chunks like five 30-minute walks or longer walks with others instead of coffee chats or dinners out. A walk while waiting to pick up kids at activities will do it. 145 million adults walk as part of their physical activity plan. Others like some in San Jose walk for fun or transportation or exercise. 6 out of 10 walk for their aerobic physical activity. Others enjoy ballroom dancing or gardening. (1) Brisk walking, running, jogging, swimming or biking are potential activities when walking becomes a bit too routine, but walking itself works|is]19] just as well!


The Journal of the American Medical Association published information about 1635 inactive adults from 70 to 89 years who were at risk of not being as mobile as they like (ie, their ability to walk without assistance). They were split into two groups: walking (20-minutes-a-day walk) or education (reading material about healthy aging). The walking group experienced an 18% lower risk of major mobility disability at 2.6 years. The walkers could walk without support up to a quarter mile. (3) This is great news!

A NEW WALKING PROGRAM: Motivators & Effects

What motivates you to exercise? Chiropractic Solutions is here to coach you! A new report about outcomes of a 6-month program of walking listed what low back pain participants reported as motivators that got them to begin the walking program (back pain reduction and better overall healthy lifestyle), to adhere to the program (walking was seen as a safe exercise as opposed to high-impact exercise that they would avoid out of fear of making their pain worse), and to complete the program (accountability, pleasure of the exercise and health benefits). (4) A recently planned study anticipates defining just how effective a walking and education program {{might be able to prevent low back pain recurrence as well as for cost. They’re naming it WalkBack. (5) Such a fitting name! Effectiveness and cost-savings can also be motivators to stay with a walking program.

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So if you are looking to add some physical activity to your life or you are trying to re-gain your physically active life after an injury, illness or episode of back pain, just walk (after you check with your San Jose chiropractor first!).  It may well be just what you are looking for!  Listen to this PODCAST with Dr. Amanda Harris on The Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as she describes treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management that allowed a patient to walk again without a cane.

Schedule an appointment with Chiropractic Solutions today for individualized advice about incorporating walking into your chiropractic care plan.

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