It’s that time of year again when the weather is starting to warm up and it begins to feel more like spring with budding greenery and flowers. Given the past year, it’s no surprise that we’re all itching to get outside and take in some fresh air. No matter how old or young you are, walking is a perfect activity to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is something you can do safely and physically distanced from others.
Walking is a low impact activity on the body, doesn’t require more than a comfortable pair of shoes, and allows you to get outside and safely socialize with family and friends. Not only does regular brisk walking improve cardiovascular health, it can also reduce cardiovascular disease risk factors such as body mass, BMI, blood pressure, body fat, and fasting glucose levels.
For those looking for a scenic environment or more challenging walks, we encourage you to safely explore your local hiking trails that are open during off-peak times to remain physically distant. Alternatively, you can challenge your endurance with walking stretches along the waterfront trail that spans from Toronto to Niagara Falls.
With brisk or endurance walking, we recommend stretching your muscles before and after to prevent injury. Stay hydrated and bring some healthy trail mix for a snack along the way. Most importantly, listen to your body, rest and take in the scenery when you need it.
During this time, our clinic remains open as an essential service for those in need of physiotherapy services. As with any new exercise or physical activity, it is important to consult your family physician prior to starting. If you are looking into starting a walking routine but have questions about what’s appropriate for you or if you are experiencing pain while walking, don’t get discouraged!
Speak to one of our physiotherapists if you have any questions, we can help get you walking pain-free. Peak Form Physiotherapy is on Lakeshore road in the Port Credit, Mississauga area, conveniently close to many great walking trails along the waterfront.