It’s good to see so many dedicated walkers out on a regular basis in our active adult community. As soon as autumn begins, I’m sure we’ll see even more. However, even during the blisteringly hot summer months, the walkers in our community are consistent. But they’re more than just consistent; they’re noble. A lot of these dedicated walkers have overcome tremendous difficulties. Here are the four categories of walkers I see:
Yes, these walkers are truly an inspiration. The Village at Deaton Creek is an ideal place for walkers, and it’s heartwarming to see so many folks take advantage of their surroundings. Here are 4 reasons why walking is good for everyone.
Walking makes it easier to move hip and knee joints so that you feel less pain. The motion actually lubricates the joints, so walking is good for people with arthritis or injuries to the knees and other joints. Plus, you don’t need a gym membership or access to a treadmill to walk. So long as you have a pathway and some walking shoes, you can walk just about anywhere! In fact, walking outside in nature might be even better for your health.
According to research, walking may help older adults maintain physical and cognitive independence for far longer. Wow! What a selling point! Of course, most of us older adults would like to age in place and maintain our independence as we grow older. So, if you’re concerned about your health, don’t fret. Start a walking routine. You may just be surprised at all the benefits you see.
Recently, a study I read suggested that women who walked just 4,400 steps per day had a 41% decreased risk of death, compared to women who walked only 2,700 steps per day. You read that right—walking may increase your longevity!
Walking reduces the risks of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes. Additionally, it may also improve cardiovascular health. Also, if you’re ever feeling blue, you should slip on your sneakers and hit the nearest walking trail. Why? Because walking may boost energy levels and release endorphins—a type of “feel-good” chemical that may increase overall well-being.
Clearly, walking works!
Originally published August 02, 2023