Truth- when it comes to moving our bodies there are days we feel like it and days when we don’t. When we’re part of a group that walks on a regular basis, we can be more motivated on the days when we aren’t feeling it by a desire to support the group with our presence. This has an extra benefit of providing a sense of purpose. Instead of going it solo, reach out to a neighbor or two or engage with people you see regularly walking and team up. BONUS there’s no house cleaning or dishwashing involved- just you, your friends and nature. Being part of small walking group for seniors not only benefits your body- but gives you that important connection to others facilitating social engagement which in turn helps keep your brain healthy and your thoughts positive.
Some benefits of a regular walking program:
Promotes a healthy weight
Helps reduce blood pressure
Strengthen bones and helps prevent osteoporosis
Promotes joint health
Lowers the risk for heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, and diabetes
Improves balance and coordination—important for preventing falls
Strengthens the immune system
Raises your energy levels
Reduces anxiety and depression
Makes you feel good about yourself
It’s always good to check in with your physician before beginning any new exercise program. At the Briarcliffe Preserve, we have a group of folks who regularly get together for morning and mid-day strolls.We hope to see you out on the path, soon.