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May 25 is National Senior Fitness Day

May 25, 2011

Did you know that May 25 is Senior Fitness day? I bet you didn't. So as we age, there is no doubt that our body does too! So what can you as an older individual due to get started? The answer is simple, WALK! Walking is a slow and easy way to ease the body into a higher level of fitness. It is accessible to most everyone, doesn’t require any special equipment or practice, and offers a long list of health benefits, including:

• Lowering low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol) and raising high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (“good” cholesterol)


• Lowering blood pressure


• Reducing the risk of, or managing, type 2 diabetes


• Preventing osteoporosis


• Managing weight


• Improving mood

The best part of walking, You don't have to hit the ground running, so to speak. Recent research indicates that walking at a brisk pace can reduce the risk of heart attack by nearly the same amount as jogging or another aerobic activity.

Even though walking is a low-impact activity and sustaining a serious injury is unlikely, you still need to prepare to prevent things like blisters or muscle pain. This occurs more frequently in chronic walkers, so don't get scared off just yet! Also, it is very important to wear comfortable shoes with arch support, a firm heel, and thick but flexible soles. Wear loose-fitting and comfortable clothes in layers and dress for the weather and the time of day you are walking. And most of all walking can introduce to new scenery and scents that you didn't know was in your neighborhood!

If you are already walking and need more results for your effort, give us a call at 919-481-9277. And remember adding walking into your sedentary life is just one step you might need to help you reach your health and fitness goals.

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