Walking can have serious benefits for seniors

Kevin Magna

October 1, 2010

Many seniors start to lead a sedentary lifestyle as they age, but research has shown that those who stay active are often both mentally and physically healthier. A brisk walk each day can have an enormous impact on quality of life, according to AARP.org.

Walking long distances may seem strenuous at first, but the trick is to start small and build up from there. The news source suggests that older adults park at the far end of a lot, forcing themselves to take those extra steps.

Having a pedometer can also inspire those who find themselves hesitant to start walking, because this is an easy way to record steps taken and distance covered so that progress can be tracked.

While walking may not seem strenuous enough to have real physical benefits, studies have shown that this simple form of exercise can have substantial results. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine found that walkers burned off abdominal fat and lost a few pounds, the news provider reports.

Experts also recommend exercise as a way to maintain a sense of balance to help prevent falls. However, it's best to have a senior alert system installed in a home as well, so older adults can instantly contact family or doctors in the case of an emergency.

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