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The benefits of Walking for Older Adults

Walk Your Way to Better Health: The Benefits of Walking for Older Adults

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Thomas Bay

Owner, Anita's Angels

A brisk stroll in the morning gets the heart pumping!  Improved circulation is just one of the benefits of walking for older adults. In addition, walking for your health is simple, free, and requires no special training. It’s a readily accessible aerobic exercise for most Senior Citizens. Plus, it has a positive impact on physical and mental wellbeing.

4 Physical Health Benefits of Walking

Getting up and walking around is important for your physical health. Research shows that adults over 65 who get about 6,000 – 8,000 steps per day have a lower mortality rate.

  1. Improved Circulation – walking lowers blood pressure and increases heart rate. 
  2. Sturdy Bones – Daily walks can prevent people with osteoporosis from losing more bone mass.
  3. Strong Muscles – Walking while pumping your arms works muscles in the arms, legs, and abs. 
  4. Weight Loss – Regular exercise along with a healthy diet helps Senior Citizens maintain a healthy weight.
  5. Improved Sleep – For many people, walking leads to better duration and quality of sleep

4 Mental Health Benefits of Walking

Regular walks offer many benefits for mental and emotional wellness. Think about going for a stroll outdoors with a friend. Being outside in natural light can reduce depression and increase focus and attention. Likewise, chatting with your buddy lowers loneliness and combats cognitive decline.

  1. Reduce Stress – Going for a stroll can give you a sense of well-being and help reduce stress. 
  2. Better Mood – Exercise releases endorphins which lead to relaxation and improved mood.
  3. Prevent Dementia – According to the American Academy of Neurology, “walking and moderate exercise help prevent dementia.” 
  4. Manage Disorders – Several studies suggest that participating in physical activity reduces symptoms of mental disorders such as anxiety and depression.

FAQ: How long should a Senior Citizen walk each day? 

CDC recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise such as brisk walking 5 days a week for adults over 65. That being said, any amount of walking is an excellent place to start. Senior Citizens with mobility issues can modify the frequency and duration of their walks. The goal is to be as physically active as you are able.  

The Benefits of Walking for Senior Citizens

The best time to start walking is now. Having a walking partner can boost motivation for exercise. Schedule a time during the day to meet up with a buddy. In addition, having a partner helps hold you accountable for sticking with the plan. So, lace up those walking shoes and take the first steps to building a healthy habit!

At Anita’s Angels, Inc., we will always walk by your side. We are Families Helping Families. Learn how our family can help yours by calling 908-788-9390.

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