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October 15, 2012

How Walking Can Change Older Adults’ Lives

Walking offers huge benefits. Just 30 minutes of brisk walking five days a week can help you maintain a healthy weight; lower your cholesterol and blood pressure; decrease your risk of stroke, diabetes, and certain cancers; build muscle; boost your mood; and improve brain function. 

And doctors call walking the practically perfect physical exercise, and there are several reasons why. Check out just a few of them here! 

  • It doesn’'t take specialized equipment. If you own a decent pair of shoes, you’'re ready to go.
  • It doesn’'t require any pre-conditioning or specific skills. All you have to do is start putting one foot in front of the other.
  • It doesn’'t require a special venue, and you can do it in any kind of weather. You can walk anywhere that suits you, rain or shine: around the block, through an indoor mall, on a hotel treadmill, along a paved bike path, or down a leaf-strewn forest trail.
  • It doesn’'t take a lot of time. If you can carve just 10 minutes out of your day, you can start reaping the benefits of walking.
  • It’'s accessible to people of all ages and nearly all levels of physical ability. Even if you’'ve been sedentary for years, you can start a walking routine. (As always, you should talk to your doctor before beginning any new exercise program; even something as innocuous as walking.)
  • It's benefits are quickly felt and cumulative. You can obtain nearly the same benefit from three 10-minute walks spaced throughout the day as you can from 30 minutes of consecutive walking.
  • It’'s self-motivating. Walking can make you feel good; and the more you walk, the better you feel, which encourages you to stick with it. 

The Kendal at Oberlin campus and streets of Oberlin and Oberlin College are made for walking, offering pleasant views and ample opportunities to people watch and window shop. Visit our website to discover additional benefits of joining the Kendal at Oberlin community. Or, if you love your current home and couldn’'t imagine ever moving, find out how Kendal at Home can help you stay healthy and independent so you can begin walking in your neighborhood. 

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