Exercise is one of the best ways to stay healthy as you get older, but you may find it difficult to participate in the types of vigorous activities you enjoyed in your earlier years. Walking can provide the perfect level of activity without posing a risk for your bones and joints, as it offers the wonderful benefits discussed below.
Improving joint flexibility
Walking is great for the knee and hip joints, because it encourages flexibility in these areas. Plus, daily walks will promote better circulation in the lower body, so the joints will be better nourished than they would be without physical activity. If you have trouble with your hips or knees, there is nothing wrong with using ambulatory aids like walkers or canes to stay active.
Strengthening lower body muscles
Not only does walking strengthen the legs, but it also promotes muscle growth in the lower back. This is important, because back injuries in the lumbar spine are highly common among the elderly. Building muscle strength in the lower back will take pressure off weakening skeletal structures so that you are able to remain active and injury-free for years to come.
Exercising for any fitness level
Whether you have always been physically active or you are just starting to realize the benefits of daily exercise, walking is within reach for you. Beginners can enjoy low-impact exercise with moderately paced walks on flat, level paths. For a more intense workout, regular walkers can increase distance or speed and choose more challenging paths on surfaces with a steeper incline.
Living at the Lakes at Waterford, you can enjoy beautifully manicured walking paths, ponds with swans and a nearby fitness center to encourage your active lifestyle. For a closer look at the comfort and independence offered at the Lakes at Waterford in Aurora, visit their website or call 630-585-8047.