Benefits of Daily Walks for SeniorsSeptember 07, 2018
Here at Blue Harbor Senior Living, our True Blue team seeks to nurture the mind, body, and spirit of each and every resident. What’s one way we nurture the body? Through daily movement!
From tai chi to yoga to chair dancing to light weights, each of our Blue Harbor communities offers many different fun, accessible, and joint-friendly ways to stay active. One of our favorite movement-oriented activities is group walks. What are the benefits of daily walks for seniors? Read all about it below!
As we age, it’s especially important to keep our blood moving. Poor circulation can lead to low energy and mood. Additionally, a sedentary lifestyle has health consequences, such as an increased risk of heart disease. Studies show that regular walking is linked to lower risks of diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure.
Healthy Light Exposure
In moderation, natural sunlight is shown to boost mood, energy levels, and cognitive function. Moderate exposure to sunlight also helps to keep our vitamin D levels healthy and replenished. However, if it’s hot out, it’s important to take safety precautions and limit exposure. And don’t forget that sunscreen! Review these summer safety tips for seniors for a full list of guidelines.
Boosts Immune System
By improving circulation, regular walking also helps to improve immunity. It encourages blood flow, which can help to flush out toxins that may otherwise get us sick. Plus, getting fresh air helps to increase the amount of oxygen we’re getting, which keeps our lungs healthy and further boosts immunity.
Encourages Social Interaction
Here at Blue Harbor, we love talking group walks. Taking walks with friends helps brightens our moods and encourages social bonding.
Sharpens the Mind
Did you know that regular exercise actually improves our cognitive function? Getting the heart pumping increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, improving concentration skills and clarity of mind. There’s no wonder Nietzsche once said, “All truly great thoughts are conceived by walking.” In fact, some of society’s greatest thinkers have actually been obsessive walkers.
Easy on the Joints
As we age, our joints may become weaker and less stable. As a result, high-impact exercise is not recommended for seniors. Walking, however, is a perfect low-impact form of exercise.
Reduces Pain and Inflammation
Walking helps to reduce inflammation, which is one of the primary causes of joint-related pain. By bringing new blood flow to our joints, we allow our joints to heal. Studies actually show that walking helps to reduce arthritis pain by lubricating the joints and strengthening the surrounding muscles.
Life at Blue Harbor
Want to know more about our exercise-related activities at Blue Harbor Senior Living? Visit any of our community pages and peruse their activities calendars. Have a particular community in mind? Stop by for a tour and let us introduce you! Happy walking!
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