After a long hot summer many people are looking forward to the milder weather of Autumn. Autumn can be a great time to get outdoors and take some exercise.
Many patients who visit our team of chiropractors at our busy chiropractic clinic in Fareham are often surprised when they are advised to take regular exercise to help their back pain and to keep it at bay.
Only some month’s back new research was published in the Lancet journal showing movement and physical activity is the best treatment for back pain. You can find our more about the findings of the research along with some advice our chiropractors shared for helping if you are experiencing lower back pain on our blog post – The Drug Free Alternative To Help Your Back Pain.
When exercise is mentioned to many their first thoughts turn to ‘that means going to the gym’! Whilst some people have no qualms with joining a gym and going regularly for many it isn’t a pleasurable thought with people often feeling intimidated by going along and others maybe having already ‘invested’ previously in unused gym memberships. However, taking regular exercise doesn’t need to involve a gym at all.
In fact one of the best forms of exercise is simple to take, accessible to most everyone and is free.
It surprises many of our patients when they’re advised to put their best forward and get walking!
Walking regularly has been shown to have many health benefits both physically and mentally. And all you need to get started is a good pair of comfortable walking shoes that provide support.
You can walk around your local area or take advantage of some wonderful walking areas we have on our doorstep around Fareham and the surrounding areas.
We are fortunate that we have access to information that Fareham Borough Council puts on its website about self-guided walks around the Borough. The areas include Fareham, Whiteley, Locks Heath, Titchfield and Portchester. You can access the information here.
There is also the Fareham Walking-4-Health accredited Healthy Walk scheme. These walks are led by trained volunteers and offer local people the opportunity to walk at a pace they can manage, improve their fitness and enjoy the sociable company of others. You can get more information on the website here,
Whether you are getting started by yourself on joining a group, our chiropractors advise that you start slowly and build up your pace. This is especially important if you ahvaen’t taken regular exercise for some time. You do want to walk at a pace that will help improve your health. This means that you will need to get to a pace that raises your heart rate an you break into a sweat.
You should seek the advice of your GP, chiropractor or other health care practitioner before starting any new form of exercise especially if you have a medical condition or any concerns.