Walking is one of the easiest, yet very effective forms of exercise there is. And it can be a terrific addition to a weight loss plan. But if you’re unlucky enough to experience any of these common walking problems, you might feel tempted to throw in the towel. Instead, try these quick fixes.
Low energy. Some days you just don’t have the energy for a walk. Or, you get going and want to quit early because you’re just not feeling it. If you’re suffering from low energy, consider what you’re eating just before your exercise session. A small snack with some carbs, like a banana or piece of toast, will usually give you a small spike of blood sugar.
Side stitches. It seems like a minor problem, but side stitches can really hurt! They’re caused by a spasm in the diaphragm from heavier breathing, so increasing your pace too quickly can often be the culprit. If you’re getting side stitches, slow down until the pain recedes. And in the future, make sure you warm up properly.
You’re way too sore. If your workouts are leaving you so sore that you can’t stand to exercise the next day, you might be pushing yourself too hard. Remember to stretch after workouts, ice sore muscles, and take a rest day if you really need one. It’s better to take a day off than to risk serious injury.
Your knees hurt. If your knees are hurting during or after a walk, evaluate your footwear first. You’ll need to ensure that your shoes fit correctly, support your feet, and are replaced about every 500-600 miles. If you don’t think your shoes are the problem, check your stride. Improper form can place too much pressure on the knees.
You’re bored. It’s hard to stick to a workout that bores you, so change up your route, invite a friend to come along, download some new music onto your phone, or try listening to audio books. Experiment to see what works for you, and remember to change things up before you get bored again.
If you need any other assistance with your workout or weight loss plan, call us to schedule an appointment. We can review your personal priorities and screen you for health conditions, and then assist you with advice geared specifically toward your situation.