For most of us, exercising and eating healthy is sometimes easier said than done. Fortunately, there are options available to let you know that it doesn’t have to be this way. For one thing, walking does not get the credit it deserves for being the perfect way to kick-start your healthy lifestyle.
One of the most common suggestions made by medical professionals at emergency walk in clinics is for patients to walk more often. Walking has many benefits and can save patients the $35 to $55 they would typically spend on a copay at an urgent care facility.
Contrary to belief, people who regularly go for a brisk walk are able to maintain a healthy weight, prevent and manage various conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure, strengthen bones and muscles, and improve their mood. The faster, longer, and more frequent the walks are, the better the effects are on the body.
Proper Walking Technique
While walking is something many of us do all the time, there is a proper way in which we can position ourselves to get the most from this simple exercise. When in the right position, your body should look like this as you are walking:
- Your head is up, looking forward and not at the ground.
- Your neck, shoulders and back are relaxed.
- You’re arms are swinging freely with a slight bend in your elbows.
- Your abdominal muscles are slightly tightened with your back straight, not arched forward or backward.
- Your stride is smooth, rolling your foot from heel to toe.
Now that you know what you should look like when taking a brisk walk, you are less likely to pay a visit to an emergency walk in clinic near you. Considering that as little as 29% of primary care physicians are available to patients after hours, you may want to do everything in your power to keep yourself safe and healthy.
However, if you do find that you need medical attention sooner rather than later, studies show that 85% of urgent care facilities are open every day of the week, with most closing after 7 p.m. This makes them more convenient and less costly — and therefore a great alternative to the emergency room. Consult your doctor before beginning your exercise regimen and become steps closer to a healthier you.