Just place one foot in front of the other. Before you know it, you are walking your way to better health. Walking is one of the easiest and most effective ways of exercising available for older people. Whatever your level of activity or mobility, walking is a great way to stay active. A regular walk will help you build strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility. It also encourages you to get outside and connect with other people. Read on to learn more about the huge benefits of walking for older adults!
Improve Cardiovascular Health
Studies have shown that walking can help to lower blood pressure, improve circulation, and prevents cardiovascular disease. In fact, walking just a few miles a day helped to lower blood pressure and also reduce the risk of strokes for older women. Start walking today for a healthy heart!
Walking is a natural way to boost your immune system. A study of 1000 adults have found that those who walked five days a week, just 20 minutes per day, experienced 43% fewer sick days than people who did not. Walking has been proven to reduce the likelihood of developing chronic illnesses, including some types of cancer.
Strengthen Bones, Muscles, And Joints
While it is a low-impact exercise, walking is still a whole body workout. This offers you great benefits for your bones, muscles, and joints, all at the same time. Walking is a way to keep your joints lubricated, which requires regular activity to keep functional. The motions of walking help to strengthen your supportive bones and muscles too. Studies have shown that walking regularly will help to reduce the loss of bone mass during osteoporosis. It reduces the risk of having hip fractures in older adults. It also significantly reduces or prevents arthritis pain.
Improve Sleep Habits
It may be easier for you to get better sleep at night if you take a walk outside early in the morning. In a study, women who walked each morning were much less likely to experience insomnia than those who did not go out for walks. So, if you are looking to improve your sleep habits, try taking a walk in nature or around the neighborhood right now.
Build Social Connections
Research has shown the huge benefits of staying social for your mental and physical well-being. When you go out for walks, you are more likely to connect with other people. You can simply chat with the neighbors as you walk around the block or you can even join a local walking club.
Experience Senior Living At Terrabella Windsor Lake
TerraBella Windsor Lake is a wonderful retirement community that our residents call home. Take part in our health and wellness classes, as well as the exciting activities we have planned for you. Experience having delicious gourmet meals prepared by our top chefs every single day. Here, you can live the carefree and fulfilling life you have always wanted. Try it out for yourself today! Feel free to contact us for more information.