Walking is making my back hurt. What am I doing wrong?
I've started using public transit more, which requires a bit more walking than my old sedentary self is used to, but nothing extreme. All of my walking in a day probably adds up to about a mile, maybe two at very most. I wear boots or sensible flats w/foam supports. I carry a cross-body purse and a tote bag with my lunch and books for school (nothing too terribly heavy).
Since I've started walking more, I've been getting ridiculously large knots in my back, mainly in the middle of my back, around my shoulder blades. I've been getting massages to work out the tension, and it helps a lot, but I can't afford to do that every week.
I've been to a chiropractor, but they can't really find anything wrong with me. My neck is a little crooked, but there's nothing wrong at all with my back.
I want to continue walking because it saves money and it's a good way to exercise and de-stress before work, but I hate being in pain every day.
What am I doing wrong? Do I need to stretch or do yoga every morning before I walk? Do I need to wear athletic shoes? (I saw this post
yesterday, but I don't really have the extra money to spend right now.) I've used public transit in the past and I've never had this problem. I'm in my mid-20s and in pretty good health, so I don't understand why this is happening.