When you were thinking about the life you would live as a senior citizen, you may have held that old idea of sitting on a rocking chair and watching the world go by. That long-standing idea for some reason seemed like an ideal situation for people in their golden years. But what is ideal for you from a quality of life point of view is to be an active and energetic senior citizen and not to see retirement as your time to completely stop moving. In fact, there are plenty of benefits of walking every day for seniors. If you make it as much a part of your daily routine as your morning coffee, you will reap tons of great benefits.
Of course, your kids and your doctor have probably already been on you about the benefits of walking for your health. And those are valid to be sure. Walking will keep your blood flowing, improve your circulation, do your appetite a world of good and keep your joints and muscles limber and exercised.
- The more you walk, the longer you will be able to walk. So if you see older seniors around your neighborhood or in your retirement apartment moving about in wheelchairs or walkers and you don’t like that prospect for yourself, then get out of that chair and get out there and walk.
- Walking has many benefits that have nothing to do with health. The old phrase regarding getting a breath of fresh air has more wisdom to it than you know. As you continue to process your transition from a busy adult life to retirement life, there is a lot to think about. For good solid decision making, there is nothing better than a brisk walk with all the oxygen it will give to your brain.
- You should make it policy never to make a decision late at night, after a few drinks or when you are upset if you have not gotten out of your home for a few days. Hold that major decision for the walking trail. If you have good blood flow and your breathing is up, you will be at your mental peak to make good decisions.
- But let’s not overlook the social benefits of walking. To put it bluntly, if you are a single senior citizen walking is a great place to meet members of the opposite sex. And if you want to meet that senior gal that has the kind of spunk you have or that great guy who wants to live life to its fullest, you are going to meet those people out and about walking and staying active. Although it may sound strange at first, the walking trails where senior citizens go the most are great spots simply to meet someone new. It is easy to join someone interesting on a walk and get to know them in a non-threatening manner. It is also easier to back away if they don’t turn out to be someone you are interested in.
- Use some creativity in where you walk and when. You can combine a good walk with an errand or see a part of the city you always wanted to explore. If you can still drive, get to know the many walking trails in town and become a regular there.
But more than that, you will get a big kick out of walking every day. The endorphins from this exercise are a better high than your evening cocktail. And that walk can be great fun and a time to meet new friends and have some interesting adventures as well. The benefits of walking daily add up in the long run for savvy seniors. Take advantage of your time and physical ability before it’s too late!