With cooler Fall temperatures comes the urge to become more
active. Now that the oppressive summer heat has passed, encourage your
senior to engage in light physical activity, such as walking.
walking, a favorite exercise for seniors, is one of the most effective
forms of activity that delivers substantial health benefits and improves
heart health, according to the American Heart Association.
is easy to start and continue, and it has the lowest dropout rate of
any physical activity. The American Heart Association had made available
more than 19,000 Walking Paths at StartWalkingNow.org, or through the Walking Paths app available for iPhone and Android devices.
with a friend allows you to connect with others who share similar
goals, lifestyles, schedules and hobbies – and do it for free.
recommended level of moderate aerobic exercise is 150 minutes per week;
according to an AHA survey, only 15 percent of American adults reach
that goal. Walking for as little as 30 minutes a day will help your
senior loved one improve circulation, lower cholesterol and blood
pressure, and promote weight loss.
To incorporate light physical
activity such as walking into your senior loved one’s lifestyle,
consider enlisting a Home Instead CAREGiver, who can serve as a walking
companion or help your senior loved one find a local walking club. Contact us today to see how one of our CAREGivers can help get you moving!
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