Walking tips for Spring!

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Warmer days are ahead! We have all been looking forward to getting outside and walking more!

(Thank goodness because we are tired of seeing Caitlin with her tail between her legs with subpar snowmobiling this year.)

 This update has lots of great tips for walking outside to ensure your body will move forward and not take two steps back!

  1. Start Slow

We’re all getting out of hibernation season, so the body will not be used to walking 5 km out of the gate.  Start slowly and gradually increase your distance each week.  A 10% increase per week is the general rule to safe progress.

  1. Aches after are (mostly) normal

Think of that first day in the garden… ‘Oi ya yoi’ as my Baba would say.   Feeling a little bit stiff and sore because you’re not used to activity is very normal, as long as it goes away in 24-48 hours.

  1. …Buuuuut, keep an eye out on any extended soreness

Any prolonged aches or pains for more than a few days after walking is NOT normal. 

If you already have soreness in your body when you walk please, please, pretty please monitor this soreness very closely. 

We have seen countless times where a patient lets some pain slide as they begin a new activity, and then *blamo* they are laid out in pain.  They come in not being able to do anything, and unbelievably frustrated and upset. 

It’s awful.  Be kind to your body and get these things checked out.  Get into the clinic to have it fixed.  A little issue is much faster to address than a big issue that could potentially ruin your summer. 

  1. Footwear is important

If the treads in your shoes are worn, if you have holes in your shoes, if different body parts start aching when you wear your footwear, and if you have 500-800 km of wear with the shoes, consider buying new ones.

  1. Gravel roads are rougher on our bodies, just like they’re rougher on vehicles.

Our backroad patients are extra thrilled to get walking again! Keep in mind that your muscles work much harder on gravel than on pavement and you’re legs may work harder than you thought they would for the first few walks. .  The angles are different too on the shoulder  (especially if buddy doesn’t move over and forces you to go darn well into the ditch.)  

Have any more questions?  We are always accepting new patients in Ashern and Lundar, and virtually! Give us a shout at the office (204)768-4876, or shoot us an email at info@ctphysio.ca!