3 Reasons to Take a Walk Today
Exercise is important for people of all ages, but it is especially vital for those over the age of 60. One great form of senior exercise is going for a walk. It is a low-impact workout that is still beneficial to your whole body. Plus, going for a walk is a great excuse to get outside, get some fresh air, and enjoy the weather.
At Solterra Senior Living, we have scenic paths and courtyards for our residents to enjoy. Not only will you be getting great senior exercise by going for a walk through one of our beautiful parks, but you will also immerse yourself in nature. We do know that sometimes it can be hard to find the motivation to get outside for a walk. Here are three great reasons you should take a walk today.
1. Walking Helps Strengthen Your Whole Body
Walking may be a low-impact workout, but it has great benefits. It works out the entire body. Going for a walk helps to strengthen your muscles, joints, bones, and so on. Plus, it does not put as much pressure on your joints as other higher impact workouts, such as running, can. Walking also helps to lubricate your joints through regular movement, meaning they’ll be healthier. The movements your body makes while working also strengthen supportive muscles and bones.
2. Walking Improves Your Balance and Coordination
Unfortunately, as you age, there is a greater chance of falling or losing your balance. Either of these things can result in potentially breaking a bone. Walking can help prevent this from happening, as it improves both your balance and coordination. It increases the strength in your legs, abs, and hips, which are the three things that work together to help give you good balance and coordination. Going for a walk frequently can also help you keep your mobility for longer.
3. Walking Helps Prevent Anxiety and Depression
Not only does walking have a positive effect on your physical health, but it has that effect on your mental health too. Walking can improve your movement and help relieve stress. This is because while you are walking, your body releases endorphins, your body’s natural happy drug. Additionally, as depression in seniors is unfortunately common, walking can help prevent it. Studies have shown that exercise helps prevent senior depression, and going for a walk has the same effect. For many seniors, walking is the senior exercise that is the easiest, and most enjoyable, to partake in daily.
If you were on the fence about going for a walk today, we hope the above three reasons have changed your mind. Taking a walk will help your body both physically and mentally. If the weather is nice and you can get outside to enjoy a good walk, we encourage you to do so. It’s one of the best forms of senior exercise to integrate into your daily routine.