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Walking Tips for Seniors

If you are an older Ohioan looking to participate in the #ExploreOhio Challenge or any other physical activity, here are some tips to help you build your new routine for a better you:

Physical Activity Guidelines for Older Americans

  • Regular physical activity is essential for healthy aging. Activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve your goals.
  • Warm up and cool down before each walk.
  • Choose proper foot gear to keep you moving with healthy legs and feet.
  • Walk on soft ground to prevent injury.
  • If you have diabetes, use extra precaution when participating in physical activity and check your feet often.
  • For a healthier you,  older adults should do at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week.
  • Be as physically active as your abilities and conditions allow.
  • Do exercises that maintain or improve balance - if they are at risk of falling.
  • Spreading physical activity across at least 3 days a week may help to reduce the risk of injury and avoid excessive fatigue.
  • Reduction in falls is seen for participants in programs that include balance, muscle strengthening activities, and walking.
  • Health providers can help you attain and maintain regular physical activity by providing advice on types of activities and ways to progress at a safe, steady pace.
  • If you have a chronic condition, set physical goals that meet your abilities.
  • Plan community activities that include opportunities for older adults to be physically active

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Walking as a Way of Life

  • Walking is cheap, it’s simple, and almost anybody can do it.
  • Walking has a multitude of health benefits for everyone.
  • Walking helps seniors maintain mobility and independence.
  • Research has shown exercise is good for the mind.
  • Find a safe, convenient place to walk.

Source: American Trails and National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion

Be Active Your Way

  • People of all types, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active.
  • Talk with your health care team about the amount and types of activities that are right for your ability or condition.
  • Be active with friends and family - team up with a friend. It will keep you motivated and it will be more fun.
  • If you haven’t been active in a while, start slowly and build up.
  • Choose a safe place to do your activity.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services