When one visits a physician or a health care facility, they are provided with recommendations on medication and how to take better care of themselves. Maintaining a healthy routine is often suggested during this process which most people choose to ignore. One might ask “what is meant by a healthy routine?” and the answer would be maintaining a sleep-wake cycle, eating nutritious food, and exercising. Now let’s talk about older adults. As a person ages, several changes start occurring in his/ her body such as weakening of immunity, problems in organ functioning, sensory difficulties, and general weakness. Therefore, maintaining a healthy lifestyle becomes even more important for people who are over 60. Evidence suggests that walking on a regular basis is extremely beneficial for older adults. The advantages are not only associated with physical health but also with social and emotional wellness.
The physical benefits of walking especially morning walks are described below:
Walking also helps in maintaining the emotional health of an individual in the following manner:
There are not only physical and emotional benefits of walking but social as well. Social isolation is often one of the main concerns shared by older adults when their children leave home and settle elsewhere. Going out and being active gives seniors a chance to be a part of a larger community and a daily walk can be an opportunity to meet new people every day. Sardar Fauja Singh is an exemplary figure in this regard. After experiencing multiple personal setbacks in his life, at the age of 93, he completed a marathon in approximately 7 hours! Clearly, walking has multiple health benefits and is something seniors must incorporate into their daily schedule.