Walking for Seniors

Exercise is important to the health and well-being of everyone and it is especially important for older individuals. However, as we get older there are many types of exercises that we can’t do anymore. One of the best ways to exercise is by walking.  Walking works the muscles of the legs and arms and also is a cardiovascular exercise. It is an almost perfect exercise because you can walk as quickly or as slowly as you like. Walking is great for beginning exercisers and those who haven’t done any exercise in years because you can start out slowly and build stamina. Before beginning any fitness or exercise routine be sure to check with your doctor. 

Benefits of Walking

Walking offers many healthy benefits. Walking is one of the only things that you can do anywhere at any time without the need for any special equipment. You can walk outdoors when the weather permits, giving you fresh air and plenty of interesting things to see along the way. You can walk as far as you like each time. As you continue a walking program you’ll soon find that you can go further and for longer lengths of time as your fitness improves. As walking becomes easier you can add to the workout by moving your arms more. One new option is to try a trekking pole. These poles are designed to offer stable, even walking patterns while helping to add more exercise for the arms.

Starting a Walking Routine

There are just a few things that are necessary to start a walking fitness routine. You will need a good pair of walking shoes. Choose fitness shoes that are designed specifically for walking because they offer foot support in the right places. Shoes should fit comfortably. To add to the experience many people enjoy using a pedometer. There are many types of pedometers on the market. Some simply count steps while others offer more sophisticated data. A trekking pole is helpful for those who want to take their walking workout to the next level. A fitness journal or calendar will help you keep track of the length of time and distance of your walks so you can track your progress.

  • Good walking shoes
  • Pedometer
  • Trekking Pole
  • Fitness Journal

Where to Walk

One of the best things about a walking fitness regime is that you can do it almost anywhere. Start out by taking short walks around your neighborhood.  Add more interest to your walks by going to a park or nature preserve. If the weather is inclement you can walk at the mall. There are even special walking groups you can join to make the experience more interactive. It is important to stay safe while you’re walking. Take along your cell phone to have instant access if you need it. If walking in an unknown area you should never walk alone. If you’re just starting out be sure to start out slowly and walk only on level surfaces. Short nature walks are a wonderful way to enjoy the outdoors while getting needed exercise.

Senior Exercise and Wellness Programs

Many senior living communities are including a wellness program for the residents to take advantage of. Realizing that staying active is not only important for physical health, but also that it keeps the mind sharp and engaged, exercise programs are becoming more and more common throughout communities.

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