Walking Works

Walking can improve your health and overall well-being. It's super simple and even if you don't walk regularly you can start by doing 5-10 minutes each day and working that up to about 30 minutes over time. Walking can help you manage your weight, especially if you have pre-diabetes. It can also strengthen your muscles and improve balance, as falling is a major issue for the senior community. By doing this activity, you can lower your risk for heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. 

Articles state that walking with a friend is super beneficial. Most people don't like exercising but this makes it way more fun. Plus, when walking with a friend, it keeps you more accountable. You will be more likely to get up and do it because you won't want to cancel when a friend is waiting for you. 

Some other things to take into consideration:

  • Wear the right shoes: Make sure they are comfortable and on properly. Sneakers will work best. 
  • Walk at a comfortable pace: Start slow and then work up to what you can do.
  • Be aware of your surroundings: Walk on flat surfaces and look for any tripping hazards. Also, make sure the area you are walking in is well lit. 
  • Stay hydrated: Bring a water bottle with you so you do not get dehydrated. 

Source: http://www.healthinaging.org/resources/resource:walking-tips-for-older-adults/

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