What are the best places for a seniors to walk?

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Some of the best places for seniors to consider walking will be

  • Malls prior to opening. Many malls are open early and people are allowed to show up and walk through the halls.
  • Fitness centers and fitness centers that have tracks.
  • Outdoor trails or within communities that are safe and have little traffic.
Most places will be fine as long as someone is with them to ensure their safety.

A good place for seniors to walk would be in an open area that is relatively flat.  Some examples would be in a mall or an inside track at the local Y or gym.  If the weather is clear and it is above 55 degrees outside then a park or a paved bike trail would be good places to walk. Make sure before you start to walk, warm up with some stretches:

 Wall Stretch: place your foot against a wall, keep your knee straight, then lean in toward the wall and hold for 30 seconds then release.

 Hamstring Stretch: while seated extend your leg and keep your knee straight, lean toward your foot and hold for 30 seconds

 Thigh/Quad Stretch: lean against a wall so that your sideways to the wall, grab the ankle of the foot closest to the wall and try to bring your heel to your buttocks without bending forward; hold for 30 seconds.

Walking with someone else is safer and more pleasant then walking by yourself. Start walking at a comfortable pace. You should be able to have a conversation with the other person without feeling tired and out of breathe.  Start with a 15-20 minute walk and progress from there adding an additional 5 minutes every time you walk so that you don’t overdo it. Stretch both before and after your walk. Try to walk at least 5 days a week and progress the distance each week.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.