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Sometimes we overlook the obvious. We look for complex ways to improve our mental and physical health: Pilates, yoga, gym programs, cross fit, hydro etc. when in actual fact a more workable and sustainable solution is right in front of our eyes.

Hi, I’m Dr. Andrew Arnold from Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.

Today I want to focus on the subtle art of walking and what I perceive the benefits really are.

Let’s start with your brain.

Today’s world is complex, agreed! We are under moderate to high level stress every day just getting thru. In fact this has become so epidemic in some cases we no longer even notice the impact.

Our nervous systems are bombarded with sensory information every second leaving us over-whelmed and fatigued at best!

The result is poorly functioning brain, a failure to communicate and integrate information from one side of our brains to the other, from the brain to the body and back again.

This creates an imbalance leaving us feeling even more tension.

We get headaches, maybe even migraine; tense and painful muscles and joints; stomach pains; heart palpitations; laboured breathing; insomnia…the list goes on.

Eventually we start to lose our ability to cope and we start making errors of judgement.

So what can we do. We don’t have the time or motivation to move to higher end exercise.

WE WALK!

Walking is naturally right-left brain orientated. Think about it. When you swing your right arm forwards, you move your left leg and visa versa. It’s never the same side. This creates neural links between your right and left brain helping re-engage the communication between both sides.

You’re now on your way to re-integrating and restoring your brain and nervous system. It’s that easy.

Walking forces you to break the monotony of your daily routine and gets you outside into the fresh air.

It’s a fact a brisk walk provides just as much aerobic exercise as a slow jog, and with much less impact on your joints, so great for your cardio-vascular wellbeing.

Take some headphones and listen to some chill music. Solfeggio frequencies are great for integrating your brain.

Take your dog. Dogs are great excuses for walking.

Typically we walk about a kilometre every 10 minutes so in my view, aim for 3k’s per day, about half an hour.

Walk at your own pace. This way you’re much less likely to get dis-heartened and stop, unlike other more competitive activities.

Walking is a great way to clear your mind. Walking boosts your ‘happy hormones, endorphins which help balance your emotional wellbeing. I recommend keep walking until your head clears. This sometimes takes me a good half hour but I guarantee you’ll be much clearer when you get back.

And finally walking boosts our immune systems by stimulating the Natural Killer Cells which respond to viral infections and cancer cell formation.

So what are you waiting for.

Get out there and start walking today.

About the author:

Dr. Andrew Arnold is the principal Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Centre.

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