Seniors who have retired after decades of working have a right to relax, sit back, and enjoy life. That said, it doesn’t mean you should lead a sedentary lifestyle or ignore your health, as growing older naturally makes us more prone to medical problems. As a senior, it’s likely you don’t want to engage in any type of physical activity that’s too vigorous, however there are many benefits of one simple exercise – walking.
Walking is great not only for your physical health, but also your mental well-being. Most doctors recommend walking for about 30 minutes, five days per week (or even daily), however you don’t have to do it all at once. Breaking your walk up into 10-minute increments, three times a day can significantly reduce your risk of health problems including:
- High blood pressure
- Joint pain
- Heart or cardiovascular issues
- Loss of muscle strength
Staying physically active also enhances your mental well-being and frees your mind from negative thoughts and worries. Not only that, walking can also add some interest to your life and keep you from feeling bored or depressed. Nothing is better for your mental health than getting out and enjoying the sunshine, fresh air, and environment! You’re also more likely to engage with your neighbors or meet new friends – important for keeping your social life active.
Any type of physical activity, including walking, results in the brain releasing “feel good” hormones known as ‘endorphins’. Regular walking will help you feel more energetic, refreshed, and give you a positive outlook on life. What senior doesn’t want to feel more alive, both physically and mentally?
You don’t have to run at a break-neck speed, lift weights, or do aerobics to enjoy the benefits of regular physical activity. Walking is a low-impact exercise that’s ideal for seniors, and provides countless benefits. It doesn’t have to be boring, either – just take along a pet or friend! Once you incorporate walking into your daily routine, you’ll find yourself looking forward to getting out and about. For many who are aging, staying cooped up in the house only leads to depression, boredom, and negativity.
Get out and walk! Your body and mind will thank you for it, and you’ll feel invigorated, alive, and healthy.
At Care Indeed, we know the difficulties many seniors in the Bay Area face. You want to age in place, but it’s difficult to do some things on your own. All you need is a little help! Our San Francisco home care givers are caring, compassionate, and ready to help so you can enjoy living independently in your own home.