A common misconception heard from all age groups young and old, is that as people begin to age into their older adult years, it is time to relax. It might seem like the right thing to do, to reduce activities and physical exercise since the aging process slows us down and deteriorates muscles and bones. Some older adults have been inactive for quite some time or have certain disabilities or other health hindrances that make it harder to stay active. So it is understandable that older adults don’t do anything, right? WRONG! Removing physical exercise from one’s lifestyle and remaining inactive is far from good, and it will only increase disability and decrease one’s overall health, here is why.
Do you have a place to walk where you feel comfortable or safe? Sometimes the neighborhood we live in does not have a route to walk equipped with even sidewalks, good lighting, or light traffic. Maybe you don't walk because you feel that walking does not have a huge effect on your health. Believe it or not, walking small amounts provides many health benefits which increase the more you walk. This post will address some barriers that keep us from getting the outcomes we seek from walking, like having a safe place to get our steps in, getting improved health results from walking, as well as what we need to know in order to stay safe and healthy during our walks!
Just this past month we have experienced some record highs for weather in the Central Valley. With temperatures continuing to stay near 100 degrees as July comes to an end here are eight helpful reminders to help you and your loved ones beat the heat.
Although the hot summer temperatures may deter some individuals from walking outdoors, some studies which have shown individuals benefiting not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally, from walking outdoors. In a study conducted in the past few years, researchers suggest that, “…physical activity in a natural environment, or green exercise, might engage people in physical activity by increasing enjoyment of participation, offering social interaction and increased frequency of activity” (Gladwell et. al, 2012). Some individuals who had more access to green spaces and frequented natural environments more often were suggested to have less anxiety and feelings of stress, improved mood and a refreshed mental state than those who did not take time to take part in outdoor activities. So the next time you decide to take a walk, call up a friend or family member to take a walk to the local park, you never know what you may experience from nature in your surrounding neighborhood.
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