When you get older, your body starts to betray you. What was once a strong and fit body that got you to work even when you had maybe 4 hours of sleep, is now unable to the normal tasks you once asked of it. That’s okay, it’s going to happen and no one can avoid it. But by god, you can at least slow it down. No it’s not like trying to stop a boulder from rolling down a mountain, more like trying to spin plates without them breaking. You have to manage several things to keep fit in old age. The most basic is just being active, maintaining your motivation and love for living a healthy lifestyle. The second is knowing your physical limits and exercising around them. Thirdly you should not worry about taking things slow. It takes a long time to get back into the swing of things when your aging but slowly but surely you can lose weight and become healthy. One of the best ways to do that is to simply walk more.
Why does walking help?
It doesn’t seem like it will work right? Walking is a very simple task but it’s where, how and when you walk that counts. Even for someone that is young, getting up early at 6 am to walk a mile or so is going to be taxing on the body. You’re up even before the sun had fully risen and your body clock is telling you to go back to sleep. Instead you activate your muscles, joints and even your digestive system and you force your body into charging up for physical activity. Working out first thing in the morning is recommended as you are at your lightest during this time.
It’s also where you walk too. Just walking on the street is a good start but if you have countryside by you, you could walk up hills and on beaten paths. Anything to give your suspension which is your legs, knees and feet, something to think about. Going up steep hills on uneven ground and walking a couple miles a day in these conditions really helps to keep your joints and muscles strong. The bonus is you also get fresh air and thus your body can flush out toxins.
A new of design.
For those that need help to walk, you are in the best time for technological and design advances. Now you can buy walkers for elderly people that have scooter-type features. You only need to rest your knee on the seat and push forward for the walker to move forward electronically assisted. This is great for aging people that want to go walking but are unable to go far. You can walk one way and come back on the walker. Of course you would need to push the walker all the way but even the scooter-type is designed to be lightweight. Other designs like the Stander EZ Fold-N-Go Walker are made to be portable and lightweight so you can concentrate on balance and posture rather than pushing around a heavy chunk of metal.
Stepping up your game.
If you are unable to go for walks in your neighborhood for whatever reason, you can always buy a step machine. This is a machine that works much like a treadmill. However there are steps instead of a rubber belt which you step upward onto and then keep repeating that motion. The steps go back into the machine as they reach the bottom and come out again at the top. These machines are used to get people to use dormant muscles in their glutes, thighs, calves and hips. Because you’re bringing your leg upward and maintaining balance and weight on one leg for a momentary period, your joints get a good workout. The machines also have two hand rails either side so you can hold on and workout. Some machines also have belts which you wear which prevent tumbling so should you become tired and slip, you won’t come crashing down and injure yourself.
Aging people should know that even doing the basic workouts like walking and climbing stairs is a good way to keep your joints and muscles active. If they fall asleep and go into a dormant stage then it will take a long time to get them back into shape. Walking with a walker is something you can do if you’re not able to walk for a long time as it assists you with balance and weight distribution.