Living a healthy lifestyle may help people enjoy a higher quality of life, extend a person’s lifespan or push off the onset of disease. Going for walks is one of the simplest ways people can get the exercise they need to keep their heart, lungs, and organs functioning at their best.

Is Going for Walks Enough for Fitness?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that those over the age of 65 get at least 150 minutes of vigorous exercise per week. That’s about a 30-minute walk five days a week. Assuming you keep a good pace, this activity may be all that you need to stay fit.

Going for walks can help in a number of ways:

  • It keeps the heart functioning at its best and provides good cardio without strain.
  • Sunshine exposure is a good source of Vitamin D, which is critical for healing and overall mental health.
  • For many people, walks tend to be less strenuous than running on a treadmill or engaging in other fitness regimens.
  • Walks improve cardiovascular as well as pulmonary function, which can help keep your lungs healthy.
  • Walks can also help to maintain healthy bones and joint function, reducing the risk of injury if a person falls.

Healthy living is about staying active. For older adults, remaining active can be hard to do, especially over periods when an illness or injury is in play. Joint pain can also limit some people from engaging in activities. However, with a doctor’s approval, many people will find that going for walks may improve their symptoms, especially if doing so promotes fitness or allows them to reach a healthy weight.

Is Exercise Like Going for Walks Safe for Older Adults?

It’s a good idea to speak to your doctor if you are unsure if you should go for walks or engage in exercise. In some cases, there may be risks that these experts need to consider. However, it may be what you need to feel confident and healthy again if you don’t have physical limitations or ailments.

Going for walks like this is not only good for physical health, but it can also improve mental health. It can help you engage with others, feel vibrant, and enable endorphins to move through the body. In addition, it can help to burn off stress and aids in clearing anxiety and depression.

Embrace Support from Wickshire Senior Living

When it comes to healthy living, you do not have to do it alone. If you are ready for a bit of support and want a new way of looking at your health goals, let a team at one of our assisted living communites help you. We offer a wide range of programs designed to keep you engaged in your life. You may love having the ability to get motivated and active again.