With spring in full bloom, it's a great time for senior citizens to implement outdoor routines for increased mobility. Whether you are looking to get fresh air and exercise or find new ways to socialize, a spring walking routine offers many benefits to your physical and mental health.
Benefits of a Spring Walking Routine
Improved Mobility and Increased Exercise
Walking is a low-impact activity, making it a great option for seniors and those with mild mobility issues. Walking can help increase flexibility, ease joint stiffness, and improve balance. Walking is also a great way to get your daily recommended amount of exercise. Regular walking can help you maintain a healthy weight and reduce your risk of developing heart disease and other chronic illnesses.
Improved Mental Health
Research has found that walking outdoors can improve mental health and reduce stress. Walking increases circulation which is known to improve your mood and help reduce anxiety and depression. Spending time outdoors also allows the body to absorb Vitamin D from the sun, which is linked to improved moods.
Increased Social Interaction
While walking can be done alone, walking with a partner or group is safer and provides an opportunity for social interaction. Joining a walking club or inviting a friend or family member along can be a great way to get out and socialize while also getting exercise.
Preparing for a Spring Walking Routine
Getting the Right Gear
Before planning your walking route, make sure you have the right gear for a safe and enjoyable walk. Dress for the weather to protect yourself from the elements. If it's a warm day, wear comfortable, breathable clothing so you don't overheat. If your walking route is near roads or involves crossing streets, wear bright-colored clothing so you are visible to motorists. It's also important to wear comfortable, supportive shoes to protect your feet and avoid injuries. Carry a water bottle with you so you can stay hydrated and wear sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful rays.
Safety and Choosing a Route
Always carry identification with you in case of an emergency. Make sure your phone is charged and bring a charged power bank as a backup. Bringing these items is especially important if you are walking alone so you can call for help if necessary.
Choose a route that is familiar to you and safe for pedestrians. It's best to plan routes away from busy highways that have even surfaces, well-maintained sidewalks, and clearly marked pedestrian crosswalks. Walking after dark isn't recommended, but if you do, make sure the route is well lit.
Set a Schedule
It's important to set a walking schedule that you can stick to. Choose a time that works for you and set reminders if necessary. It's best to walk after sunrise and before sunset for optimal visibility.
Senior Helpers Can Assist
A spring walking routine provides many physical and mental health benefits and is a great way to get exercise and social interaction. If you're a senior living in Bakersfield, Delano, Frazier Park, Kern County, Lamont, Mc Farland, Shafter, Taft, Wasco, Wofford Heights and looking for additional assistance in your daily activities, contact Senior Helpers Bakersfield today.