It’s commonly known that many specialized days of observance were created by organizations and businesses to raise awareness for their products or causes. July 7th, we learned, is National Father-Daughter Take a Walk Day, which is designed to promote physical fitness and family bonding. We’re not certain who came up with this one, but it sounds like a great idea.
For dads (and moms, and everybody else) dealing with joint pain, regular walking helps with mobility and flexibility. This, in turn, helps reduce inflammation. Walking alone or with family and/or friends any day of the year can promote better health and relief from your aches and pains, and if you’re inclined to observe the day you have many options to enjoy it.
A father-daughter, father-son, or whole family walk doesn’t have to happen as a timed race. It’s an opportunity to get out into the sunshine, explore a hiking trail, or survey your neighborhood. With younger kids, you can use the time to play scavenger hunt and look for seasonal flowers, while with older children you can emphasize the importance of exercise for growing bodies. Whenever and however you go, keep a few tips in mind:
Take some water. You may find you’re having such a good time you’ll walk father than planned. Whether trail hiking or walking the track, bring along a water bottle and hydrate.
Check your shoes. Wear shoes suitable for a long walk, with socks. If a walk goes further than intended, you want to be comfortable for the return trip.
Be seen. A walk with a younger child comes with excitement, and possible unpredictable moments. Wear bright clothing regardless of the time of day and be vigilant of passing vehicles and other pedestrians.
At Bon Secours Virginia Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, we work with our patients to improve quality of life, so daily walks with loved ones happen with reduced aches. For more information on our therapies and programs, contact us today.