When you think about exercise, walking probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. It is often overlooked because it is reflexive and everyone does it. However, there are many benefits for senior citizens in walking, because it not only takes little time to do, but it also has so many benefits for your body and mind.
Walking is a low-impact exercise that doesn’t require any special skills or equipment. It can be done by anyone regardless of age or physical condition and it doesn’t matter what speed you choose. You can choose brisk walking or slow paced walking – any form of walking at all achieves the same effect. Interesting. Right?
It’s no secret that as people age, it’s usually more difficult for them to maintain their levels of physical activity, leading to a loss in balance and strength. For this reason, this article discusses walking, as it is an easy and effective way for older adults to keep a level of physical activity and improve their health as they age.
Researchers have found that walking regularly can reduce the risk of premature death by 40%!
In fact, walking reduces stress and depression, maintains bone density and even improves mental health. There’s something refreshing about walking, especially walking outside. It gives you time to unwind and also improves your mood by releasing the happy hormone called endorphin, which reduces depression. Additionally, walking reduces the risk of developing osteoporosis and increases muscle strength. It even promotes better sleep and improves respiratory health.
How long should you walk and what do you need for walking?
Any form of physical exercise is better than none and it’s important to note that exercise doesn’t have to be exacting for it to be effective. A daily 30-minute walk for people aged 65 and above provides the right amount of activity needed to maintain optimal health. It doesn’t matter if you engage in a brisk walk or choose to walk at a slower pace; all that matters is that you take a walk and do it consistently.
Also, investing in a pair of comfortable shoes is mandatory if you intend to start walking. Having a walking partner also makes walking more fun and keeps you accountable. However, note that you should stay hydrated while walking. Also, pace yourself to avoid sustaining injuries. However, if you have issues with your feet or develop any new symptoms after you begin walking, you should see your doctor.
When should you walk?
Taking walks early in the morning is a great way to start your day because it sets the tone for your day, gives you a natural energy boost and boosts your brain health. While it can sometimes be a hassle getting out of bed due to muscle stiffness, walking in the morning makes up for the discomfort. It does this by lubricating and strengthening your joints, thereby providing an extra layer of protection.
In conclusion, walking is so much more than putting one foot in front of the other to move around. It contributes significantly to the overall health and well-being of senior citizens. Thus, you will do yourself a world of good and hack the aging process if you are intentional about walking daily.
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