Many people use waking as their main source of exercise. Walking is a brilliant form of exercise, but it can also cause muscle tension.

If you are a keen walker then you should also think about having a sports massage or doing some simple exercises on yourself.

Here’s why…

During and after a long walk your muscles can become knotted. This can often cause old injuries to flare up again, as these areas are the weakest parts of your body.

You should also pay attention to overuse injuries from too much repetitive activity.

This is where sports massage can give you tremendous benefits.

It will help to realign your body’s balance and posture (tension in the body means that you posture and balance will be thrown off).

As you are aware, poor balance and posture quickly leads to injury and it causes a reduction in performance levels.

The sports massage will work on the knots and tight areas in your body in order to massage out the knots.

This will remove the stress on your body (particularly in muscles, tendons, ligaments and joints).

A sports massage will also increase the blood flow and quickly rejuvenate aching muscles after a long walk.

Massaging will remove the lactic acid and toxins that naturally build up from exercise.

If you are a regular walker and want to continue without muscle stress and injury then pay attention to the flowing areas. These are the ones that get the most stress during any endurance walk:

  • Hamstrings (back of the upper leg)
  • Quadriceps (front of the thigh)
  • Adductors (adducts the thigh at the front)
  • Gastrocnemius (calf muscle)
  • Knees
  • Ankles
  • Plantar fascia (thick connective tissue in the foot)
  • Piriformis (buttocks area)
  • Gluteals (major muscles of the buttocks)
  • Iliopsoas (dorsal hip muscles)

It is also important to pay attention to your lower back during a long walk. This is an area that becomes stressed, as muscle imbalances in your body are present.

If you have lower back pain (even occasionally), you will find a great deal of benefit from a back massage.

Of course, the final thing to mention is that a foot massage is also a great idea. This will really relieve the aches and stress in your feet and gives them a fresh feeling right away.

Foot massages are very good for overall rejuvenation and considered important for organ functioning in Chinese medicine.

..Don’t forget if you do a lot of walking you can also use a powerful hand held massager for regular treatments on joints and muscles at home!

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