Chiropractors specialize in treating pains caused by musculoskeletal disorders. However, it doesn’t mean that they’re only involved in treatment. They are also into lifestyle counseling, advocating changes in how you live your life to avoid suffering from some illnesses or disorders later on in your life. As with other health professionals, chiropractors also believe that prevention is infinitely better than cure.
One of the ways to improve your health and fitness, according to the American Chiropractic Association (ACA), is through brisk walking. There’s no potential risk for injuries—unless you trip or get run down by vehicles—and no special skill level needed as well. You just need to walk at least 2,000 steps every day. It would help, too, if you consume 100 calories fewer each day, to help you get fit faster.
The ACA chairman recommended that these 2,000 steps be broken down so as to make it achievable. Smaller goals also help with motivation; too many people don’t do this because they think they have to set aside a substantial amount of time to achieve the number of steps daily.
What chiropractors suggest is to set aside blocks of time a few times a day to walk off these 2,000 steps. Rather than take the elevator, for example, you can walk. If you take the bus to work or school, you can get off one or two stops before yours and walk the rest of the way. During lunch time, you can also set aside 15 minutes of your break time and just walk around the vicinity of your office. Before long, you will find out that you have already achieved your goal of 2,000 steps a day.
How do you measure 2,000 steps, though? Do you just count manually?
There is an easy way, and that is to use a pedometer to keep track. It’s not expensive—you can buy one for $10 at any outdoors or fitness shop—and it’s very easy to use too. Obviously, you have to set it to recognize the length of your strides, but after that’s done, it’s just a matter of remembering to take it wherever you go and tracking your steps.
Losing 100 calories a day is not a hard task to do. If you usually drink soda during meals, for example, replacing that with water or tea (no milk and sugar) can easily shave off 100 calories from your daily diet.
Chiropractors have seen firsthand how the obesity trend is taking over the United States. According to some studies, the US is ranked as the most overweight nation in the whole world. While it’s true that chiropractors are more and more in demand now because of musculoskeletal problems indirectly brought about by obesity (e.g., too much weight put undue pressure on the lower back, causing the vertebrae to get out of alignment), they recognize the fact that something must be done before the Americans’ health totally suffers.
So even if you are not overweight and have not consulted a chiropractor, you should follow a healthy lifestyle today by doing the very minimum to achieve health and wellness: taking 2,000 steps a day.