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How Walking Can Improve Overall Health

How Walking Can Improve Overall Health

Support Your Health By Getting Your Steps In

As you continue to age, it is important to maintain physical activity to support various areas of your health. According to the CDC, it is recommended that seniors get at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity each week. While staying active can seem like a mighty task that requires discipline, even just getting your daily steps can improve your health.

Supports Your Heart Health

Along with being one of the most simple ways to get moving, it can help to support your cardiovascular health. Research has shown that walking regularly can help to lower your risk of developing coronary heart disease.

 

Some fun ways to get your steps in include:

  • Starting a walking club
  • Walking along a nature trail
  • Take up mall walking
  • Walk around your town or neighborhood

Helps You to Maintain a Healthy Weight

As you continue to age, your metabolism slows down, making it essential to stay active to maintain a healthy weight.

Eases Joint Pain

While you may believe that you should take it easy if you suffer from joint pain, the opposite can actually be true. As you get older, it is important to stay active to effectively lubricate your joints as well as build up the muscles that surround and support your joints.

Boosts Immunity

Exercising is believed to help your body to fight off infection and boost your immune function altogether. It’s believed that getting in the recommended amount of physical activity and have the following effects on your body’s ability to fight off infection:

  • Exercise helps your body to flush out bacteria from your lungs.
  • The elevated body temperature can prevent bacteria from growing.
  • Exercise reduces your stress levels, which can cause you to become sick.
  • Exercising causes your white blood cells to circulate more rapidly.