Horses, bicycles, cars, and aircrafts were born to quicken transportation but the original way of getting around was on foot, and even today, walking is a great way to get from point A to point B while also keeping a healthy mind and body. You will see some people looking for the closest parking spot to a grocery just to avoid a long walk in and out of the shop. Is this healthy? The answer is a big no! Walking is healthy.
Many elderly people usually have a harder time finding ideal activities they can enjoy outdoors. And we must be real here; your body wears out and loses energy with age. However, strolling is one of the easiest outdoor activities that seniors can participate in. It is a leisurely walk, which is also a light exercisef (it may be a heavy exercise to the elderly anyhow).
Experts have told us time without number that strolling is the best exercise that seniors can do but that it’s also great for younger people, injured people and basically anyone with two legs and a heartbeat. It minimizes the chances of chronic conditions and improves overall health. For instance, walking is essential for cardiac health. As a senior, getting your heart rate up daily reduces the risks of hypertension, coronary heart disease, and elevated cholesterol levels. It is also helpful in lowering blood glucose levels. A 15-minute stroll after a meal may just be enough to prevent post-meal glucose spikes. According to various studies, chronic pain associated with elderly diseases such as arthritis can effectively be reduced by walking.
Walking also fosters social engagement. As a senior, you want to meet up with others; you’re not too old to socialize. Through strolling, you will be able to meet new faces and enjoy your surrounding each day. Lastly, walking boosts mental health among seniors. When you walk, your body releases endorphins, which reduce anxiety, boost mood, and improve your sense of well-being.