With warmer weather on its way, many fitness-minded seniors can’t wait for days of sunshine so they can once again head outside to pursue their favorite form of exercise—walking.
Experts on both physical and mental health have long advocated the benefits of walking for one’s well-being. One advantage of walking as an exercise is that it can be done quite easily by seniors in good or average health. It’s no wonder, then, that as you look around the campus of a senior living community, you often find retirees walking and talking together.
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” Even if he was stretching a point, the fact remains that walking has proven mental health benefits. It has been proven to lift one’s mood, decrease memory loss and lower the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
The physical health benefits of walking are significant, as it can have positive effects throughout the body. Walking improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, strengthens the heart and reduces risk of coronary disease. It also strengthens muscles and joints, promotes weight loss, lowers risk of diabetes and enhances sleep quality.
Overall, walking can lead to both a better quality of life and a longer one. Research from the Veterans Administration and University of Michigan has shown that people in their 50s and 60s who exercise by walking are 35 percent less likely to die over the next eight years than their non-walking counterparts.
For seniors in fairly good physical condition, walking is the perfect form of exercise. Aside from its health benefits, it’s ideal because they can do it at their own speed, on their own schedule and either alone or as part of a group.
At Country Meadows Retirement Communities, we recognize that physical activity helps keep seniors healthy, independent and full of energy. That’s why all our campuses have fitness centers for our residents, with treadmills being a popular exercise choice. Our fitness and exercise programs are led by qualified instructors and tailored to the physical needs of our residents. In addition, our communities host organized walking programs for seniors who want to combine the structure of a formal program with the camaraderie of exercising with friends and neighbors. All Country Meadows campuses have walking paths or other designated areas where residents can walk safely and peacefully.
If you’re considering a move to a senior retirement home near you and want to remain as physically active as possible, we invite you to contact us to learn more about Country Meadows. We can give you a tour of any of our senior communities and introduce you to the broad range of services we could offer you or your loved one.
Tour any of our senior independent living communities as well as our personal care homes in Pennsylvania or our assisted living home in Maryland. We also offer memory support for older persons dealing with memory loss and restorative care for those with chronic conditions or recovering from surgery or illness. Whatever your needs, we provide a comfortable community life that engages the mind, body and spirit.