Walking is a fantastic way to improve or maintain your health. Thirty minutes every day can increase cardiovascular fitness, strengthen bones, reduce excess body fat, and boost muscle power and endurance. It can also reduce your risk of developing conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and some cancers. Unlike some other forms of exercise, walking is free and doesn’t require any special equipment or training.
Walking is low impact. It requires minimal equipment, can be done at any time of day and can be performed at your own pace. You can get out and walk without worrying about the risks associated with some more vigorous forms of exercise. Walking is also a great form of physical activity for people who are overweight, elderly, or who haven’t exercised in a long time.
Walking for fun and fitness isn’t limited to strolling by yourself around local neighbourhood streets. There are various clubs, venues and strategies you can use to make walking an enjoyable and social part of your lifestyle.
At brighterkind we love getting out in the fresh air and taking a stroll and getting out isn't restricted only to people who can physically walk either. We know that even if your mobility isn't great, a stroll out in your wheelchair is enough to bring some colour back to the cheeks and lift the general mood too!
Some of the benefits of walking include:
- increased cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness
- stronger bones and improved balance
- increased muscle strength and endurance
- reduced risk of heart disease and stroke
- reduced body fat.
- improved management of conditions such as hypertension (high blood pressure), high cholesterol, joint and muscular pain or stiffness, and diabetes
- Walking is a mood enhancer and will help support your general wellbeing too.
Here are some ideas that may help you to include more walking into your life:
- Vary where you walk to
- Walk the dog or ask to walk a friends dog
- Walk with different people
- Walk to work if possible, or park further away and walk the rest
- Join a walking club or association - many brighterkind homes have walking clubs too
- You could get a tracker device or fitbit to track how many steps you do a day - link it up to a friends and set yourself a fitness challenge with one another!
Our Magic Moments Clubs provide a vast range of vibrant, stimulating activities that help our residents to love every day. Just because someone moves into a care home doesn't mean that the things they love doing should suddenly stop – quite the contrary, we believe our residents should have the opportunity to do the things that they have always loved as well as trying new things along the way.