The Benefits of Walking


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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.

Regular 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.

Walking 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.

Walking with a friend allows you to connect with others who share similar goals, lifestyles, schedules and hobbies – and do it for free.

The 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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