If you are like many people, you have a New Year’s Resolution to get more exercise in 2014. One of the best ways to accomplish this goal is to start a regular walking routine. We found some tips to help you keep this commitment to yourself and your health.
The first thing to know is that research shows that seniors who track their progress have a much better chance of staying on course with their goal of becoming more fit. That, paired with the encouragement of a companion can work wonders to keep a senior on the road to increased good health.
Walking is a great way for seniors to get the exercise they need to stay healthy. It has been shown to lower one’s body mass index, lower cholesterol counts, and decrease blood pressure.
While everyone is familiar with the benefits of regular exercise, we have two tips for you that will make it more likely that you will stick with your new routine, making it into a habit. The first tip is to get a pedometer. There are studies showing that pedometers can help motivate walkers. This is a small, inexpensive device, which when strapped to the hip, will measure the number of steps walked each time you go out for a walk.
One interesting finding is that having a step-per-day goal was a key predictor of activity. Studies that used a step-per-day goal showed increases of more than 2,000 steps per day. Another variable that contributes to the success of walkers sticking to their routines is the addition of a walking partner. To help you stay motivated you can get together with a friend or family member, join a local walking club, or even hire a companion to join you on your regular walks. As always, A Caring Heart Senior Services Vancouver, WA recommends that you check with your doctor before starting any new type of exercise regimen.