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Improve Your Health with Daily Walking

photo of 3 women power walking | Johns Creek Family MedicineWalking is a great way to combat the effects of having a sedentary job. Sitting for a prolonged period of time forces your body to shut down its fueling system of oxygen and make your metabolism sluggish. While computers save time and money, the negative physical effects can be huge.

According to Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic, sitting is an unnatural position that is not only bad for your back, wrists and arms, but also switches off the fundamental fueling system that controls your muscles and tissues. Metabolism slows and a tired feeling results. Studies have proven that jobs requiring hours of sitting can cause more chronic illnesses than those where physical activity is routine. It is recommended to stand and move at least every 50 minutes if you have a sit-down job.

If you take less than 2,500 steps per day, your body could be a major target for attracting illness and disease. Walking 10,000 to 12,500 steps per day is recommended for keeping the body fit and active. Invest in a fitness tracker and discover where your overall walking status lies.

Johns Creek Family Medicine offers preventative health care strategies that are simple and beneficial to staying well. Dr. Zack Charkawi takes an in-depth look at not only the patient’s immediate physical concerns, but also incorporates the lifestyle and mental state of the patient for a complete diagnosis.

Technology has become a standard way of life. However, never forget about your body and what it needs to survive. An ounce of prevention can prevent physical and mental problems from arising by taking the necessary steps with walking.

For more valuable information on how to keep your body in good working condition, make an appointment with Dr. Zack Charkawi at Johns Creek Family Medicine today. Located in Johns Creek near the Peachtree Parkway (Highway 141), Dr. Charkawi is accepting new patients from South Forsyth, Gwinnett and North Fulton counties and the surrounding North Atlanta areas such as Alpharetta, Cumming, Roswell, Suwanee, Johns Creek, Duluth, Dawsonville and other nearby areas.

Understanding what your body needs is the first step in creating a healthy physical atmosphere that can combat viruses and bacteria, keeping you healthier and happier.

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