Everyone is always telling us to exercise, and we all know that the simplest program of all is walking. There are many studies that confirm the substantial benefits of walking, and these include heart health, weight loss, stronger bones, and just feeling happier. I have often advised my patients to try to walk about a half hour per day and explained that the distance at first is not important.
As your conditioning improves, the distance over that time will increase and you will be surprised at how much better you feel. Some helpful tips:
- Start with a warm-up for the first few minutes to get the muscles going.
- Like our mothers always told us, try to stand up straight and gently move those arms.
- The proper shoes and socks are important. I have always asked for the advice of the professionals at our local runner’s store.
- Take those long steady steps so that the senior shuffle stays away from our door.
As always, if there are any questions about your health, speak to your health professional before beginning a program. I am looking forward to saying hi as we pass on the streets of our neighborhood!