Staying active with regular exercise can help seniors improve their health and hang on to their independence longer. Walking is a great way for seniors to fulfill the recommendation of two and a half hours of aerobic activity per week. Several different walking exercises can be incorporated into senior fitness routines. As always, check with your doctor before beginning any new fitness regimen.

This walking routine is the perfect place for any senior to start. You can choose to walk indoors or outdoors, at the gym or just down the block. Start slow and work at your own pace, slowly increasing the distance and speed of your walk. Use a pedometer, block lengths or lap counting to track how far you are walking. Start with just 10 minutes of walking and increase by five minutes each week or as your endurance allows. Walk at a steady pace, keeping your abdominal muscles pulled in tight to support and protect your spine.

Walking Activity Levels:  Those who take 5,000 to 7,499 steps daily have a low active lifestyle. Somewhat active people usually take 7,500 to 9,999 steps per day. People considered to be active take 10,000 or more steps per day. The surgeon general recommends aiming for 10,000 steps every day.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/416885-walking-exercises-for-seniors/#ixzz2NcO4brT5

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