Many seniors enjoy walking because it is easy to do and can give a lot of health benefits. Seniors who walk daily as their form of physical activity experience strengthened muscles, prevent weight gain, have lower risks of heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and osteoporosis, improve balance, and lower the likelihood of falling.
Caregivers or family members, however, must always assist seniors who walk outside, especially if the senior has a health condition. It is always more important to be safe first. Some seniors may immediately experience fatigue and we wouldn’t want anything bad to happen while they’re on their way to having a supposed healthier body. So, before starting out a walking routine, make sure to have someone assist you.
If it has been a long time since you exercised as a senior, you must start out slowly. Do this by spending a maximum time of 5 minutes of walk daily before you build up to the recommended 30 minutes a day. Of course, your walking routine must always be in accord with the senior care program that your health professional assigns to you. Some important tips you can follow are:
- Join a walking program or walk with a professional caregiver.
- Always wear the right shoes.
- It’s okay to use your cane or walker if you have to.
- Try to walk as fast as you can but at a safe pace.
- Always bring water.
Be sure to inform your healthcare provider if you have any pain or problems in walking. Caregivers from our home care in Snellville, Georgia can also point these out for you.