For those looking to improve their physical and mental health no matter their age, walking is the perfect exercise to start with. It’s the easiest exercise to complete and can help jump start you into a healthier lifestyle. For just 30 minutes a day, walking can…
Improve Your Mood
Going for a brisk walk each day can have the same effect on your mood as a glass of wine or your favorite candy. It helps take the edge off after a long day or unpleasant experience. Use this exercise period to walk with a friend. Both of you can talk while improving your moods, which in turn will elevate both of your moods even more!
Bring You Down a Size
Go for a walk once a day for a month and you’ll notice that your pants will start to fit better, or even become a little bit loose! Even a low-intensity workout like this will help boost your metabolism AND improve your body’s response to insulin, which helps with fat loss. Lowering your body fat percentage will help decrease the risk for many different health conditions while also making you feel better about yourself.
Reduce Your Risk of Disease
So you feel better mentally and physically, but does walking actually protect your from disease? The answer is — YES! Aim to walk 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week, and you’ll protect your body from a long list of diseases, including some of the biggest threats.
- Diabetes – Lowers blood sugar levels and overall risk
- High Blood Pressure – Lowers blood pressure by roughly 11 points
- Stroke – Reduces risk by 20% – 40%
- Cardiovascular Disease – Reduces risk by 30%
Whether you’re 82 or 28, you should look to increase the amount of times you exercise per week, and it can all start with a quick 30 minute walk. At The Arbors, we have beautiful communities that will make walking a peaceful and relaxing experience. We also offer exercise programs and rehabilitation for our residents. If you’re interested in learning more, or visiting The Arbors Assisted Living community, schedule a tour by contacting one of our five convenient locations: