is not only a healthy activity and an alternative to driving,
but also a great way to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
But for many of us, the automobile has made it too easy
to lead a sedentary lifestyle. "Why walk when it is so
much easier to ride there quickly and comfortably?" Indeed,
this notion is so widespread that 59 percent of older
Americans do not walk or exercise regularly.
a form of transportation that also has the added benefit
of being a healthy activity. Because walking is second
nature to us, we forget that it is not only good exercise,
it also enables us to get where we need to go under our
own steam, without having to rely on a vehicle.
walking for driving, when practical, older adults can
extend the number of years they are able to drive. Medical
experts warn that a lack of regular physical activity
and the effects of natural aging lead to a 20 to 40 percent
muscle loss. With that amount of muscle loss, you could
have difficulty walking, getting out of a chair, and driving.
Doctors also tell us it is never too late to start an
exercise program; even people in their 90s can benefit
from walking several times a week.
What barriers keep people
If you can identify with
any of these issues, you
are not alone. But help is
available. This booklet
that can help you get
started safely on a
- Lack of time
- Isolation, depression, and
- Poor vision
- Fear that the exercise could
- Fear for one's personal safety
- Side effects of medication
- Lack of exercise
- Lack of energy or simply don't like to exercise