Lifestyle

Active Seniors

Senior health can be greatly improved by walking. Studies have shown that active seniors who regularly walk with a partner feel better than seniors who do not. A recent study has also compared the health and life expectancy of seniors who walk alone or with another person compared to those who walk with a dog, there has been some indication that walking a dog can be even better for senior health!

Developing a good walking regimen will help you live and enjoy life longer, be more conversant and raise your sense of self-esteem. Set your own pace, determine a distance and start walking. It’s healthy, safe and costs nothing.

Walking improves senior health, increasing strength toning the muscles and loosening those stiff areas. Active seniors should walk with partners with whom they can socialize. Feel free to vary the pace. This is not a race, just a healthy way to exercise. Choose a distance that makes you comfortable. Be reasonable. Set realistic goals for future walks. Most active seniors prefer to stretch or limber up lightly before setting out on a hike. Stretching has many health benefits. You and your partner can mix the pace of your walk to keep it interesting.

One of the great advantages to walking is that the exercise does not involve complicated movements. Another attribute of walking is that it gets easier with practice. The more you walk, the more natural a motion walking becomes. You will also notice an improvement in your other muscle movements. Active seniors have better appetites, better circulation, better sleep, the list is endless. Do you want to feel better, live better and enjoy life more? Go ahead and walk your way to wellness.

Senior Golf

For some of us, the biggest challenge to keeping active is a lack of inspiration. Golf is the perfect inspiration for many seniors to get out there and remain active. A day spent on the golf course can be a fun way to take a long walk, filling the lungs with fresh air and getting much-needed exercise. Walking is commonly thought of as the best exercise for senior health.

Though the terrain of a golf course is not as flat and straight as a sidewalk, it is usually fairly smooth and safe for walking. The soft grass and earth underfoot can be easier on the feet and joints than other walking surfaces. It is important to watch your step and wear appropriate footwear to avoid injury on the golf course.

It is especially important for seniors and non-seniors alike to remember that though golf may seem a mellow and danger free sports injuries are still possible. Seniors should pay extra attention to stretching before and during a game of golf and be careful not to push too hard either in walking the course or taking that winning swing.

In the competitive world of golf, there are many senior golf tours. Usually “senior golf” refers to the over 50 age bracket, while those over the age of 55 may be referred to as “super-seniors”.