Walking – the most underrated form of exercise. Cliffs Chiropractor Southend recommends getting out this summer

Walking is one of the most underrated forms of exercise and now that Summer is nearly upon us there is no excuse to get out there and experience some great areas for walking around the local area. We share a Cliff’s favourite below.

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If you are struggling to fit in exercise into your busy life or worried about going to the gym the great news is that walking is an ideal form of exercise regardless of your age or fitness level. It’s simple and free – what could be better!

Just keep in mind the following …

Before you start:

  • Wear comfortable shoes or trainers and loose-fitting clothes
  • For longer walks you may want to carry some water and some other emergency supplies like healthy snacks, a hat, sunscreen and waterproofs (for the UK weather)
  • If you have any known medical conditions or are unsure whether you should be walking please seek medical advice before starting

Starting out:

  • Build up your walking time so start out slowly.
  • You need to be walking fast enough to raise your heart rate and break into a sweat to get the health benefits from walking. A little test to see if your walking with enough intensity is to try talking the words of your favourite song – you should be able to do this but not be able to sing them!
  • Don’t overdo it – if you can only walk at this intenisty for a few minutes then break up your activity into chunks.

Keep at it:

  • Overtime you should be able to increase the time you are walking at the necessary intensity.
  • The easiest way to keep at it is to make it part of your daily habit.
  • Think of other ways to incoporate walking into your daily life. You’ll probably be surprised at how many there are.

And now a local walk idea for you …

Leigh-on-sea and Hadleigh Castle Walk

This is a great circular walk that takes in many of the local sights around Leigh-on-Sea, Benfleet and Hadleigh you can also stop off at a local hostelry for some light refreshment along the way! Just don’t take in too many calories and sit for too long – after all this is about getting some exercise in!

The route takes in the ruins of Hadleigh Castle a walk along along Benfleet Downs. You will get some great views from both. The circular walk is 11.5 kilometers so if you haven’t exercised for a while you may want to start by planning doing a shorter route.

You can far more details about the walk on the Essex Pub Walks website. It will provide you with the starting grid reference for the Leigh-on-Sea railway station and there’s a map to follow.


Get active this winter. Take advantage of walks in our local area says a leading chiropractor near Leigh-on-Sea

Walking is a well-known way to keep fit and healthy. Many people join the gym to keep fit but getting outdoors in the fresh air is even better for you.

Walking is one of the easiest ways of staying active and it is also free. No gym membership required.

Here near Leigh-on-Sea- we are extremely luck to have so many lovely places to go for walks and enjoy nature.

A fantastic walk that we can highly recommend is Leigh-on-Sea and Hadleigh Castle Walk. This is a circular walk, which includes a lovely climb to see the ruins of Hadleigh Castle. There are also fantastic views of the Thames and across to Canvey Island. There are also quite a few pubs along the way, perfect for refreshing and even a spot of lunch.

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 Get your walking boots on and enjoy the fresh air.

If you are suffering from pain or if you have any other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractic near Leigh-on-Sea on 01702 430430.

Want to make a healthy start to 2015? A Chiropractor near leigh-on-Sea shares this advice on where to get healthy produce

You are what you eat’ is a very popular saying and it is a well-known fact that eating a healthy and balanced diet is vital for good health.

Although there are many diets out there, a healthy diet comes down to two main factors:

  •  Eating a wide variety of foods to ensure you’re getting all the nutrients you need
  • Consuming the right amount of calories in accordance to your lifestyle

The NHS ‘eatwell plate’ can help you work out what a balanced diet looks like. It also shows you how much of what you eat daily should come from each food group.

Here near Leigh-on-Sea we are extremely fortunate to have a regular farmers market that offers an array of produce. There is a regular market on Elm Road in Leigh-on-Sea that attracts over 30 producers. The next markets are on Friday 20th February and Friday 20th March both 9am – 12 noon.

If this is of interest to you, get yourself out on a Friday and pick up some healthy and nutritious produce.

If you are suffering from pain or if you have any other concerns please get in touch with us as we offer a lot of help and advice to get you back up and running as soon as possible. You can contact us at Cliffs Chiropractic near Leigh-on-Sea on 01702 430430.