The Benefits of Walking

The Benefits of Walking

While walking isn’t often thought of as an effective form of exercise, research has shown that taking several short walks every week can provide you with significant mental and physical health benefits. In today’s post, we’ll explain a few of the most important reasons why you should make walking a regular activity in your life.

When you’ve finished reading this post, be sure to check the event calendar at our senior living community to find an event or activity that can help you live a richer and fuller life. We offer everything from group fitness classes to prayer groups and trivia, and we would love to see you at several events this month!

Why You Should Make Walking a Priority

Improved Mood 

Many Americans struggle with anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders as they grow older, and it’s easy to understand why. Growing older often brings significant life changes that can be difficult to adjust to, and you may find yourself feeling down or on-edge if you’re going through one or more major life changes.

Rather than turning to prescription drugs or alcohol to help you feel better, researchers recommend that you get out and take a 30-minute walk. Research has consistently shown that walking for a short amount of time lowers stress, reduces anxiety, and alleviates the symptoms of depression. Our Lexington senior community is located in a beautiful natural area that provides you with the ideal place to take a short walk with a friend or neighbor.

Lower Blood Pressure

If you’re like many older Americans, then your blood pressure is likely one of your top health concerns. High blood pressure is a serious condition, but there is good news. Walking for 30 minutes a day can help you reduce your blood pressure by up to 11 points. Additionally, walking for at least a half hour at least five days each week has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease by up to 30 percent. While walking probably won’t eliminate your blood pressure concerns, it can play an important role in your blood pressure management strategy.

Joint Pain Relief

Joint pain is one of the most common ailments we experience as we grow older, and while it may sound counterintuitive, some forms of arthritis are actually caused by a sedentary lifestyle. The knees and hips are two of the most common areas in which arthritis develops in older Americans, and walking is one of the best ways to protect your joints from degenerating. Walking several times each week will strengthen the muscles that support your joints, so make sure to get out for a short walk every evening if you’re beginning to feel stiff or achy.

We hope that this post will inspire you to get out and walk around our senior living community with a friend or loved one.

Liberty Ridge is proud to be Lexington’s Top Rated Local® senior living community, and we would love for you to call our community your home. We happily offer free, no-obligation tours and details about our various living options, so please get in touch with us to request more information. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

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