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The Best Exercise for Seniors

Friday, December 28th, 2018

Best Exercise for Seniors is Walking

Do you ever feel like the days are going by really fast? It seems we run out of time to get tasks done that we have on our “to do” list. One of the things that is very important for you to do but often gets placed on the back burner is exercise.

For seniors, one of the best exercises you can do is walking. According to The Caregiver Space, there are many health benefits for seniors who walk and walking is something that is shown to be easier to stick with on a regular basis. Did you know that 67% of those with a gym membership rarely or never use it!

Health benefits of walking include:

  • Improves cardiovascular health
  • Combats weight problems
  • Boosts your immune system
  • Decreases your risk of developing a disability
  • Helps reduce arthritis pain

St. George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in London did a study in 2015 that showed just walking 25 minutes a day can add 7 years to your life.

Make walking a part of your daily routine and walk with a buddy or spouse for company. Walking with someone else makes the walk more enjoyable and you are more likely to continue if you keep each other motivated and accountable.

There are also studies that show walking is good for your brain and memory. Even if you use an assistive device for mobility (and are not on any restrictions from your doctor) walking is a great daily activity.

If you are afraid to take a walk because your balance isn’t up to par, ask your doctor or physical therapist which mobility device would be best for you then visit our medical supply store in Lewes, DE to get the mobility device that will be best for you and your balance. Happy walking!