When you go for your regular walk or run do you prefer to pound the pavement or get off the beaten track?
For many of us, we don’t think twice about walking on the hard, unforgiving surface of the footpath and not that lush, soft green stuff next to it. The truth is, we can actually be doing harm to our joints and our nervous system by repeatedly striking the concrete up to 3000 times during a half-hour walk.
The human body is designed to stay upright under any circumstance; this is called balance. Balance is a beautifully complex thing, involving our inner ear, eyes, joints, muscles, tendons and central nervous system. When we are thrown off balance all of these sense organs work in unison to keep us from falling over, all in the blink of an eye. So, when we spend all our time walking on perfectly flat, hard surfaces we are actually depriving our nervous system of vital stimulation. The unfortunate thing about balance is that if we don’t use it, we lose it. By walking only on footpaths, we are essentially weakening our nervous system.
Well, as modern humans we are forced to walk on concrete on a regular basis, but there are some simple steps you can take to challenge that nervous system and improve your balance:
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