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7 Ways Walking is Good for Your Health - No Matter Your Age

There’s no question about it, walking is good for you! Getting out of the house for a few minutes each day to walk around the park, your neighborhood, or at the gym carries many benefits. Walking is especially important for seniors to achieve continued mobility and an independent life.

Studies have shown it only takes a 20-minute walk, at least 3 days a week to increase your health and help you to live a happier, more independent life. Start walking today; no matter what age you are, walking is good for you now and later in life.

Below are 7 ways walking helps you achieve a healthier life

Good Heart Health – One of the leading benefits in walking is good heart health. Walking helps reduce your risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and stroke.

Reduces Pain – Many let pain from arthritis hold them back from daily exercise. Studies have shown that daily walking helps reduce the pain from arthritis.

Good Weight Management – Simply put, walking helps you burn calories and lose weight. Instead of eating that chocolate chip cookie next time you find yourself in a stressful situation, go outside and take a stroll around the block.

Sleep Better – Many people suffer from sleep related disorders including insomnia. A short walk before bed will support your natural sleep patterns, reduce anxiety, and promote falling asleep faster.

Happier Self – Walking is a great mood booster! Endorphins – or the “feel good” chemical in your brain is released after exercise.

Meet with Friends – While you’re taking a stroll at the park or around your block, take time to visit with friends and neighbors. Check your local community center or gym for silver sneakers and low cost programs.

Live and Independent Life – Walking and exercise leads to healthier aging and a more independently active person. Staying independent will help you to perform basic activities without help including eating, bathing, dressing, and getting in and out of bed.

If you’re a little unsteady on your feet or need support while walking, canes, rollators and walkers may give you the support and confidence you need.

Get Outside Today and Walk

Be sure to speak with your doctor or health care provider before starting any new exercise routine. This article should not be seen as medical advice.