Walking is great for recalibrating the neck, back, and spine. Our bodies are meant to move, and when we use our legs to walk, we’re moving not only our legs, but our whole body in a certain way. This process allows our bodies to gain a better range of motion if we hadn’t walked that day for whatever reason. Throughout this post, we’ll be going over some of the tangible benefits of waking outside for your neck, back, and spine. Enjoy!
The Simple Act of Walking
We learn to walk at a young age. It’s one of the things we have in common as we begin to develop. It’s ironic how many of us often neglect our need for movement in favor of sitting for 8+ hours per day when one of our first major accomplishments as human beings is taking our first steps. You would think we would appreciate it more as we age, but that’s neither here nor there. What’s important is incorporating the simple act of waking into your daily routine, now. There’s no better time to start than now, so let’s explore some of the other benefits of waking outside.
Breathing in Fresh Air
Fresh air is a luxury many of us take for granted. When we take deep breaths of fresh air, it’s a way to reinvigorate our senses and provide high-quality oxygen into our body. “A breath of fresh air” is an old saying for a reason; it’s true! The next time you’re on a walk outside in nature, make sure to breathe in a deep breath and take in all which surrounds you. You’ll most likely feel a calming sensation over your body, which in turn may allow some built up tension in your neck, back, and spine to be temporarily alleviated.
Getting Some Sun
Vitamin D deficiencies are a very real thing, especially in America. It’s important to have some sunlight exposure, even in the colder, winter months. The sun has a way of enlightening our spirit as well. If you’re feeling down and out, spend an hour outside walking in the sunlight and you might just feel a little better.
Looking at nature has been proven to improve our ability to perceive depth and colors. Observing nature is especially important if you spend a lot of time indoors, staring at a screen. The simple act if observing nature helps us better understand to not sweet the small stuff and recognize we’re not the center of the universe. The simple act of walking through nature while observing its beauty can certainly help us destress, which in turn may help our neck, back, and spine pain in some cases.
Waking on various terrains is beneficial for us as humans due to the fact we didn’t always have perfectly paved sidewalks to walk on. Walking on the sand at a beach, through some grass in a park, across a dirt path in a country town. All of these terrains offer something a little bit different for us to walk on, which hosts its own unique set of factors to further stimulate our senses while waking.
Choosing Neurosurgery & Spine Consultants for Your Neck, Back, & Spine Health
If you’ve been experiencing neck, back, or spine pain and discomfort; you’ll want to contact us using the form below. While walking is fantastic to incorporate into our daily regimens, it can only do so much in some cases. We want to help you overcome your pain and discomfort and have you back on track to a pain-free lifestyle once again. We look forward to hearing from you soon!
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