There are many senior citizens who avoid exercising for fear of falling or worsening pre-existing health conditions, without realising that walking is a simple and effective form of exercise to add to one’s routine as it yields great results. Being a low-impact aerobic exercise, it doesn’t put excess pressure on one’s joints and muscles, and, in fact, strengthens them. There are numerous studies that show how walking can reduce pain caused by arthritis and lubricate joints to protect them.
There are numerous benefits to walking, and here we list just a few of them to encourage
you to begin.
Before one starts any exercise programme, it’s important to speak to a healthcare practitioner to prevent any kind of injury. For walking specifically, ensure that your loved one is using a walking aid—if they use one—that is the right size and that they are comfortable using one.