Stepping Out - Mature Adults:  Be Healthy, Walk Safely
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How Do I Maintain My Physical Independence? How Do I Maintain My Physical Independence? margin spacer 2
How Much Time Do I Need To Invest? How Much Time Do I Need To Invest? margin spacer 2
What Are The Keys to Staying Fit? What Are The Keys to Staying Fit? margin spacer 2
The Positive Health Rewards From Walking The Positive Health Rewards From Walking margin spacer 2
How Does Walking Fit My Lifestyle? How Does Walking Fit My Lifestyle? margin spacer 2
Locating Expert Exercise Advisors Locating Expert Exercise Advisors margin spacer 2
How Do I Stay Motivated? How Do I Stay Motivated? margin spacer 2
Getting Started Safely Getting Started Safely margin spacer 2
What Are The Safety Considerations As I Get Older? What Are The Safety Considerations As I Get Older? margin spacer 2
What If My Neighborhood Is Not A Safe Place To Walk What If My Neighborhood Is Not A Safe Place To Walk? margin spacer 2
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Maintaining or increasing your strength, endurance, balance, and flexibility are the key factors to staying fit. Walking builds your strength and endurance, which contributes to better balance. You can improve your flexibility with stretching exercises designed specifically for older adults.1 By striving to increase all four factors, you lower your risk of injury and slow the aging process in your joints and muscles.

For some, walking 30 minutes a day may be difficult. If so, experts suggest walking 10 minutes at a time, three times a day. As your health improves, you can combine two of the three smaller walks into a 20-minute walk, and then advance to a single 30-minute walk. As your daily walk becomes easier, try to include new challenges, such as climbing a hill, extending the time you walk, increasing your walking pace, or adding an additional day of walking.



1 Those already diagnosed with osteoporosis should see their physician before attempting any stretching exercises. Some stretches that are good for others may not be good for you.


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