It is well known that walking has many benefits. Walking improves circulation which in turn improves breathing and heart rate which in turn improves oxygen flow to all major organs, including the skin, and so on. However, some people experience pain when walking. Some within this group have what is known as intermittent claudication – a condition whereby an individual feels cramping and discomfort and therefore must rest a bit before continuing.
Intermittent claudication is caused by poor blood circulation in the legs. Symptoms are fatigue and weakness of the legs and gluteal area. The cause of the weakness and poor circulation is due to some constriction of the major arteries of the legs. This condition is usually temporary and can be improved with slowly increased daily walking and very light leg exercise, such as holding on to the back of a sturdy chair while lifting up on the toes. (As always, be sure to consult a physician before starting any exercise routine and stop when slight discomfort turns to pain).
If interested in a walking group or training for a marathon, the Knoxville Track Club has something for everyone. For those who wish to compete, training is now being held for the 2011 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon which takes place on April 3, 2011. Enroll now and receive a discount.