There have been a number of studies done that document the benefits of walking for older adults, and it is considered by many experts to be the safest and best exercise for the elderly. Not only can it be performed at a low or moderate intensity and is easy on the joints, but it is also easy to start as it does not require any special equipment.
To get the most benefit out of walking, it is recommended you do it regularly. The heart-healthy exercise can improve cardiovascular health and has been linked to lower risks of high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and strokes. Furthermore, researchers have found that “even small amounts of walking each week have been shown to reduce these risks around 15% to 20%.” Daily walking regimens have “shown a 30% to 50% reduction in participants’ risk of cardiac arrest.”
Other benefits of walking include stopping or decreasing bone mass loss as well as strengthening leg and abdominal muscles, which can improve balance and stability. Walking can also lead to weight loss or help maintain weight if needed. Seniors who regularly walk have shown an improvement in their sleep patterns and an increase in mental sharpness. In addition it assists with joint support by moving the fluid within our joints/cartilage. It can also help make you feel happier.
At MorningStar at Golden Ridge, we believe in providing seniors with opportunities to stay fit and keep moving. We also have lots of other activities to engage residents including crafts, sing-a-longs, games, movies and much more. Please visit our website to learn more about Peoria’s best senior living community.
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