As we get older, one of the most obvious signs of aging that we’ll notice is our inability to do certain physical actions with as much vim and vigor as we displayed in our younger years. The body just lacks the strength, energy and is much more prone to injury.
While seniors who have been following a regular exercise regimen since young will be able to adapt better to more strenuous training, even they will not be able to deny that the more high-impact activities are just out of their comfort zone.
A man at 65 who tries his hand at CrossFit has a much higher chance of injuring himself. The training method is just too fast and unsuitable for him. You absolutely must adapt your training to fit with your age. This is not a negative mindset, but a practical one.
One of the best forms of exercise that will suit any age is walking. Not only is it a form of cardio, but it works your entire body. Most seniors will benefit from 30 minutes of walking a day. The more active ones could do 30 minutes in the morning and 30 in the evening.
Let’s look at why walking is so beneficial.
Walking burns calories and that means it burns fat. If you’re a senior who leads a sedentary lifestyle and is gaining weight because you have a sweet tooth, walking will help you shed the excess pounds.
Unlike skipping, kickboxing, running, etc. walking is a relatively low-impact exercise. This is very important as you age because your joints may hurt, and you do not want to aggravate them. Walking will help to improve blood circulation and increase your mobility.
What better way to stop and smell the roses than to go for a walk by the park. Seniors can get stressed over being lonely, bored or feeling a lack of purpose in their life. Walking will improve their mood and lift their spirits. It’s a form of stress management, and the change of scenery will do them good. Sitting cooped up at home from sunup to sundown is akin to being under house arrest.
An object in motion stays in motion. Daily walks will improve coordination and balance because your body needs to adapt to the changes placed on it. When you walk daily, your leg muscles will get toned and even your core will get stronger. This is immensely beneficial to seniors.
Walking can be done anywhere. You don’t need a gym or any fancy equipment like resistance bands or kettlebells. Just wear a good pair of shoes and walk away. During cold weather, you can have a treadmill in the house and walk on that daily.
Walking helps to manage many different diseases that can affect you. It will lower your cholesterol levels and your risks of diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease.
By now, you may have a sense of appreciation of just how powerful and effective this humble exercise is. Many seniors who walk daily are fit well into their later years. They move better, feel better and look better.
“Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.” - Thomas Jefferson
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