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Lorena Smalley

Did you know The Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Adults (65+) recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week to achieve health benefits and improve functional abilities?

We all know that walking is good for us but do you know WHY?  We found this great article that outlines

  • the benefits for older adults when they make walking part of their fitness program
  • Things to consider BEFORE you start a walking routine
  • What you need for walking
  • and some other tips and great links!

Walking for good health  by The Better Health Channel

Walking is a great way to improve or maintain your overall health. Just 30 minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis, and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.

Physical activity does not have to be vigorous or done for long periods in order to improve your health. A 2007 study of inactive women found that even a low level of exercise – around 75 minutes per week – improved their fitness levels significantly when compared to a non-exercising group.

Walking is low impact, requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day, and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.

Walking for fun and fitness isn’t limited to strolling by yourself around local neighborhood streets. There are various clubs, venues, and strategies you can use to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle.

Up next…

  • Health benefits of walking
  • Walking for 30 minutes a day
  • Building physical activity into your life
  • Wearing a pedometer while walking
  • A comfortable intensity for walking
  • and more!

CLICK HERE to visit the Better Health Channel website and read the rest of this article!

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