Using Medical Marijuana to Help You Walk Your Way to Better Health
Walking is one of the most beneficial things you can do to improve your health. It is a low-impact way to increase your overall physical and mental fitness. If you are looking to add more steps into your daily activity, but are having a difficult time following-through, a Missouri medical marijuana card could be just what you need to get your body moving.
Walking makes a bigger impact than you may realize.
Because of the low impact nature of walking, many exercise enthusiasts look down upon the activity. Fitness doesn’t have to be all-or-nothing. You don’t have to be a marathon runner or Crossfit competitor to take control of your health.
Walking is more beneficial than many people realize. As a matter of fact, when it comes to reducing your risk for serious disease, it can be just as good as running. NBC News recently called it “one of the most underrated forms of exercise.”
In their profile on walking, they detail a study that reports “the energy used for moderate-intensity walking and vigorous-intensity running resulted in similar reductions in risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease.”
Benefits of Walking
The impact that walking can have on your health is truly life-changing. In a world where many of us are sitting in front of a screen all day, taking the time to get up and go for a walk could be the key to a better quality of life. Here are some of the impactful benefits that regular walks can have you your health:
Improved Heart Health
Going for a half hour walk each day significantly reduces your risk for coronary heart disease - and the more you walk, the more you lower your risk.
Research shows that just 10 minutes of walking can lift your spirits in the same way that a glass of wine or a bit of dark chocolate does. The endorphins walking creates are natural mood elevators, and when you walk, you get them without any extra calories. If you are a social person, going on a walk with friends is a great way to get some exercise and feel connected at the same time.
Believe it or not, going for a walk could give you a bigger energy boost than grabbing a cup of coffee. Walking causes oxygen to flow throughout the body and also increases the bodily hormones that help elevate your level of energy, such as epinephrine and norepinephrine.
Decreased Joint Pain
Walking helps reduce joint pain by strengthening the muscles surrounding joints to help them stabilize, and increases blood flow to tense areas.
A recent study discovered patients who added an hour of walking per week to their routine were more likely to remain disability free for years longer than those who remained sedentary. Walking 5 to 6 miles per week may even prevent arthritis.
Walking Burns Calories
Whether you are looking to lose or just maintain a healthy weight, walking is a simple way to burn more calories. By upping your intensity and overall distance, you can increase that calorie burn. And, even if your weight stays the same, your pants may fit differently, because walking helps to reduce belly fat.
Walking Boosts Creativity
Going for a walk can increase your brainpower, leading to greater creativity. The American Psychological Association conducted a study that found a significant increase in creative idea generation from people who were walking versus those who remained sedentary. Next time you need a great idea, go for a walk to find it!
Reduced Risk of Chronic Disease
According to a study published by The New England Journal of Medicine, going on a one hour walk at least once per week can reduce your chances of chronic diseases known to cause heart attacks and strokes. The American Diabetes Association recommends walking to lower your blood sugar and overall risk for diabetes. Walking could literally save your life.
How can marijuana help?
If you are having a problem getting up and getting moving, medical marijuana may be the key to getting more steps into your day. Medical marijuana can help with pain relief, reduced anxiety, and better focus to help you stick to your exercise routine.
Marijuana promotes an overall sense of relaxation that can get you out of your head and out from behind your desk. The focus that cannabis provides could allow you to move pain and anxiety-free down the road, reducing the feeling of monotony that may occur during a long walk.
Cannabis can increase your mental state and elevate your mood in a way that complements the other natural mood boost you receive from exercise. Enjoying cannabis before a walk can create a paired experience to look forward to, transforming a physical challenge into a mental break. Exercise is all about mindset, and medical marijuana can help you get into the right headspace to get those steps in.
For the millions of Americans who suffer from chronic pain, cannabis can provide relief, allowing them to get moving. If you are worrying about walking while under the effects of THC, microdosing is an effective tool that can help patients get the benefits of medical marijuana without worrying about being too high.
The benefits of walking are clear. If you need help adding some pep into your step as you focus on the road ahead, consider making medical marijuana part of your routine. You deserve relief as you walk toward whatever the future holds.
Before walking to the dispensary, you’ll need your medical card.
Forget American Express - the card you want to make sure you don’t leave home without is your Missouri medical marijuana card. You’ll need it to get the natural, healing relief that cannabis provides. If you don’t have your card yet, we can help with that. Our medical team is standing by to take you through a quick and easy evaluation to see if you qualify. Schedule an appointment with a marijuana doctor online by CLICKING HERE, or give us a call at (877) 303-3117 to talk to a patient support representative.
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