Walking improves your general health and wellbeing. Unlike any other type of exercise, walking is a full body workout. Walking strengthens muscles, keeps the heart strong, and builds endurance. Almost every senior can do some walking. Making this simple exercise convenient means a person will do it consistently. Having walking trails in your 55+ community reduces the excuses used for not exercising. It’s advisable to talk to your doctor to understand the level of exercise that’s right for your body.
One advantage of walking is that it doesn’t have to be strenuous to be beneficial. Older people aged over 65 years should engage in 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity every day. You can take a walk with others as you chat and enjoy each other’s company. In a 55+ community, a walking path can become an essential part of the resident’s daily life. During the walk, you exercise, plus engage with others socially, and create friends. You never get bored, and everyone will always be looking forward to the next walk so they can have fun together.
Here are some of the benefits you reap when you regularly do some walking:
- Strengthens muscles
- Reduces blood pressure
- Stabilizes weight
- Improves balance and coordination (reduces the chance of falling and breaking a hip by 50%)
- Strengthens the bones and prevents osteoarthritis and osteoporosis.
- Increases stamina and energy levels
- Reduces depression and anxiety
For seniors, the ability to walk without any assistance is a reliable indicator that they can live independently. Seniors who exercise regularly, especially daily walks, are more likely to walk without assistance. They are also able to do things by themselves in their house with ease. As a senior, you don’t have to do strenuous walking exercises to benefit health-wise. You can choose to walk for long periods at a steady pace, or in short quick bursts. Any amount of walking is better than not walking at all.