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Five Reasons for Your Senior to Take up Walking

By Mike Jackson

If your elderly family member is interested in starting exercising, walking is one of the best options for her. This is something that she can do with you or with her friends and there are lots of good reasons for her to take up walking.

Walking Helps with Health Issues

Health issues like high blood pressure can definitely benefit from regular walking. Every health situation is different, of course, and how much walking is right for your senior can vary. Your senior's doctor may suggest that she try walking for a few months to determine how it impacts her health issues. If your elderly family member has balance issues, she may find it easier to walk with senior care providers and assistive devices.

Walking Can Help Manage Stress and Anxiety

Exercise in general can help your elderly family member to manage anxiety and stress. Walking is a really easy way to start an exercise program. If your aging adult is experiencing anxiety often, she may have a buildup of excess energy that she doesn't know how to expel. Walking is a perfect way to do just that, even if she's simply walking on a treadmill.

Weight Management Gets Easier

Walking helps your elderly family member to burn fat stored in her body and it also helps her to build up muscle tone. Beyond that, it also helps her to develop bone strength. If your elderly family member is overweight, she may find that walking leaves her feeling short of breath at first. Sticking with a slower pace and walking shorter distances can help until she builds up her stamina and loses some weight.

Walking Can Help Replace Bad Habits

Your aging adult may have some bad habits that she's not happy about. That might include a little too much dessert every night or she might still be smoking after she's been advised of the health risks. Regardless of what the bad habit is, your senior can focus on her new walking program and get healthier while she substitutes a better habit for one that is not so great.

Walking Requires No Extra Equipment

With the right shoes and a comfortable set of clothing, your senior can walk just about anywhere. She doesn't need anything special, but things like a pedometer or a fitness tracker can help her to keep track of how much walking she's done. A treadmill at home allows your senior to control the speed at which she's walking while in the comfort of her own home, but she can also walk outside or even at the mall.

Always make sure that you talk with your senior's doctor well before starting any type of exercise program, even something as simple as walking. Your elderly family member may have some restrictions in place until she exercises for a little bit of time. As she builds stamina, she may be able to do more.

IF YOU OR AN AGING SENIOR ARE CONSIDERING SENIOR CARE SERVICES IN MERIDIAN, ID, PLEASE CONTACT THE CARING STAFF AT HOME HELPERS HOME CARE OF BOISE. CALL US: (208) 322-2668.

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