Take Advantage of the Weather with a Walk

Tim Watt  |  August 31, 2011

A senior coupleEvery day now, it seems that there's another report touting the benefits of exercise, especially for older adults. Studies have discovered that, in addition to raising your overall life expectancy, staying active can protect both physical and mental health.

The real challenge for Americans may be how to start a fitness routine. If you can't remember the last time you went to the gym, it may be best to start small and work your way up.

Walking can be an ideal activity for people who are just beginning to get fit. Try incorporating it into your everyday activities. If you drive to the mall, park at the far end of the parking lot and use the stairs instead of the escalator. Or walk around the house while talking on a phone.

Some of the most fun you can have is walking with friends. This gives you the chance to get healthy and catch up at the same time. You can give each other motivation and hold one another accountable. Once you've become comfortable going for a stroll, you may even be ready for a hike with the grandkids.

Of course, before starting any exercise regimen, be sure to consult with a doctor about what may be best for your personal needs. 

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