Walking can help strengthen a patient’s feet, legs, hips, and waist. Walking can also help increase circulation, nourish the spine, improve flexibility, and enhance posture. Through a healthy walking routine, patients can better control their weight, strengthen their bones, and reduce bone density loss.

A healthy walking routine can help reduce the risk of pain-causing inflammation or stiffness. Walking for 30-60 minutes every day brings many health benefits that can help reduce or prevent chronic pain including improved heart health and stronger bones.

It is best to starting a walking program by breaking into manageable steps. Focus on changing the mindset from intermittent exercising to permanent changes with in workout habits. Create short and long term goals when starting a walking regimen. Move at a comfortable pace to avoid radical and immediate changes that may harm the body or increase pain. Explore the variety of nutritional tips, exercises, and general wellness tips available on PainScale -- find the right mix that works.