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Walking as a Way of Life, Try a pedometer!

By Bill Case | In Exercise, Fall Prevention, Fitness, Outdoor, Physical Exercise, Senior Fitness | on June 29, 2015

Regular exercise provides many health benefits for seniors including a stronger heart, a positive mental outlook, improved balance, and an increased chance of remaining independent.

Some Benefits of Walking:

  1.  Reduced risk of dying prematurely
  2. Decreased risk of dying from heart disease Decreased risk of developing colon cancer
  3. Reduced risk of developing high blood pressure
  4. Helps in reducing blood pressure in people who already have high blood pressure
  5. Decreased risk of developing diabetes
  6. Lower risk of developing hypertension
  7. Increased muscle strength, flexibility and sense of balance, all of which reduce the risk of falls
  8. Helps in controlling weight

Health experts have now discovered that regular exercise helps prevent many of the conditions that frequently are associated with a visit to the emergency room.

Regular exercise can make a difference in an older person’s life, as well as, increasing their chances of remaining independent and able to care for themselves. Exercise appears to be at the heart of maintaining functional mobility and independence and that is critical for an older person.

One way to make your walking experience more enjoyable and rewarding is with a pedometer.  I recommend the EZ-Step pedometer for your personal fitness tracker to count steps, calories and distance traveled.  Walk with a friend, set goals and make walking a fun challenge.  It is reported, that using a pedometer led to increases of approximately 775 steps/day.  So Get Started!

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68 Comments to "Walking as a Way of Life, Try a pedometer!"

  • Portia says:

    July 3, 2015 at 12:05 am -

    I took up walking 5 miles a day a few months ago. I have to say I am amazed how much difference it has made. Not just muscle tone and stamina but even my skin and how well I sleep. I think humans are really made and designed to spend time walking, and all of the internal machinery just works better when regular walking keeps it all properly tuned up.

    1. Selvie says:

      August 4, 2015 at 8:39 pm -

      This is very true. My neighbor after undergoing surgery was still in a lot of pain and had difficulty moving months after the surgery was over. But when she started walking around outside in the fresh air with a lot of deep breathing she started feeling better day by day and is now doing great. I doubt she would have recovered so well had she not started walking in the fresh air everyday.

      1. GenevB says:

        August 10, 2015 at 7:26 pm -

        I know a case that can relate to the one of your neighbor. My dad, went through a car accident, he got pretty messed up. Doctors said that he would need at least 3 years in order to be at least 80% of the man he used to be, but he is the kind who wants to prove everyone wrong, especially when talking about his physical condition. He started walking, for about 30 minutes every day, after a month he doubled it. After 3 months he started running slowly for that interval. After about 9 months, even the doctors said that his organism recovered amazingly well and fast.

        1. Heda says:

          November 20, 2015 at 9:49 pm -

          Oh wow! I never knew walking had SUCH a great impact on our lives!! Truly amazing!! 🙂

    2. Andrew says:

      August 19, 2015 at 12:14 am -

      Walking regularly has so many amazing benefits! I take my dogs for a short walk in the forest by my house almost every day. It keeps me calm, centered, and active, and gives my dogs some great exercise too. It’s fascinating to think about how good performing simple tasks such as going outside for a walk can make you feel. There are clearly abundant reasons for our bodies responding this way.

      1. zuulspaceman says:

        November 5, 2015 at 11:02 pm -

        That’s a good idea. I really need to get out there because I have a fantastic trail near me that I could walk on. I can use a pedometer or just use a map online to tell me how far it is. My knee is bad but I still can get out there and try! I’m going to give it a go soon, I forgot totally about the trails, and I like that not many people are on them!

    3. xmaslights says:

      September 10, 2015 at 7:29 pm -

      This is really true. I have started walking recently, and I must say that there’s also been a huge increase in how I feel emotionally. I’m a lot more positive and happier. I think it’s a combination of knowing I’m doing something that’s actually helping my health and keeping my weight down, and the actual mental benefits of exercise. It’s low impact enough to not strain myself, but definitely enough that it makes a difference.

  • Kas says:

    July 9, 2015 at 2:33 pm -

    I absolutely agree that walking helps the internal machinery function properly. Everything feels better. It may be difficult to get started because you are accustomed to a sedentary lifestyle, but I promise if you just take those first steps and keep moving, you will build up in no time. If there are parks close by, i suggest going there because the scenery can be very energizing. The easiest and most natural exercise is walking, so get up, get moving and have fun.

    1. Tipes99 says:

      August 16, 2015 at 7:01 pm -

      Yep, I totally agree that walking is a great exercise. I find that if you walk in the early morning you will feel a lot better. More energy and clearer mentality. I think it must be all the fresh air you’ll get it you are an early bird. Since over the day the air around you will get polluted by cars etc. It also allow you to think and clear your mind. It definitely hard to get up early in the morning, but I find that its very worth. I’m still trying to get it into my habits.

  • Diane says:

    July 15, 2015 at 5:47 am -

    I’ve always loved walking. I grew up walking in the city, which was interesting, because I could people watch, and there were always new things to observe. Now that I live on the Gulf Coast, I really enjoy walking on the beac, and along the nature trails, where I can see birds and animals while I get fresh air and exercise.

  • Esmael says:

    July 18, 2015 at 7:37 am -

    I am a runner and I can’t stress enough how important walking can be to your health. Even if you can’t run, just walking a mile or even less a day can burn the same amount of calories as if you were running that same distance. Reason for this is that since you are moving your body by foot, there is no variables to compensate for energy usage unlike on bike when you could coast and such. Get walking!

  • juortega says:

    July 21, 2015 at 8:20 pm -

    Walking is fundamental for health seeing that such bipedal motion burns calories. Enduring body motion as a daily exercise, elongates ones life. Walking also relieves stress as exercising will tend to do. Overall walking improves life in general, breathing more fresh air and looking around this planet we call Earth.

  • guruprto says:

    July 24, 2015 at 8:16 pm -

    I agree with the benefits associated with walking . I think more senior citizens, if they are physically able, should take out the time for a stroll every now and then. As a jogger myself I have been slowly trying to convince my father and grandfather (aged 52 and 73 respectively) to understand the benefits a short walk can have.

    Don’t let their ages fool you – these are both stubborn men who still manage to keep themselves busy with yard work and other physical errands. They know I have good intentions but have been hesitant to devote time for a morning walk, despite my advances.

    Maybe reading the same advice from a different source will give them a push towards a healthier lifestyle.

  • Angel says:

    July 26, 2015 at 5:01 am -

    Walking does not only yield cardiovascular benefits but it is also a great therapy to counter stress and provide an overall sense of well-being. Of course, it is a must that one should enjoy doing it first to truly gain from its maximum benefits. Try to imagine walking on a cool morning in the park before starting an expected hectic day. At the end of that same day, imagine again walking for a few blocks in your neighborhood while inhaling the good vibes and exhaling the negative events of the day. Better yet,go for it!

    Start walking with a group of friends or if you don’t have one yet,you can definitely create this club. You won’t even notice how time flies with your walk buddies. I know because I’m part of this crowd. Happy walking!

  • Angel says:

    July 27, 2015 at 7:55 am -

    I don’t know about the other cell phones but Samsung has an app called S Health which functions as a pedometer,among others. Just have the phone close to your body and S Health will track all your steps the entire time. It also informs you of how much calories you have burned.
    It triggers an alarm every time you are inactive for a certain period so that you are reminded to at least stretch and move around. Cute!

    1. NorthStar says:

      August 12, 2015 at 5:05 pm -

      Yeah you are correct. This S Health app is so much useful than an average pedometer since it does not just measure your steps but also has a pace training feature for running and walking. In addition, it also tracks your heartbeat and stress level. Aside from my fashionable FitBit, my Note4 is my partner buddy when I jog everyweek. Whenever I post my achievements in FB, many are asking what app am I using.

  • Banter says:

    July 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm -

    I don’t know about the other cell phones but Samsung has an app called S Health which functions as a pedometer,among others. Just have the phone close to your body and S Health will track all your steps the entire time. It also informs you of how much calories you have burned.
    It triggers an alarm every time you are inactive for a certain period so that you are reminded to at least stretch and move around. Cute!

  • Banter says:

    July 27, 2015 at 9:19 pm -

    I don’t know about the other cell phones but Samsung has an app called S Health which functions as a pedometer,among others. Just have the phone close to your body and S Health will track all your steps the entire time. It also informs you of how much calories you have burned.
    It triggers an alarm every time you are inactive for a certain period so that you are reminded to at least stretch and move around. Cute! Great Thing to try out

  • GemmaRowlands says:

    July 28, 2015 at 1:09 pm -

    I can count my steps on my mobile phone thanks to a great app, and I have to say that I always walk a lot more when I am keeping count of what I’m doing. I am more active now than I have ever been, and I know that this is thanks to the app. Walking is without a doubt one of the best things that you can do to keep fit, as this blog shows, so if you have the ability and the time to get some walking done, then you should certainly be doing so.

  • Lilly Smith says:

    July 29, 2015 at 9:10 pm -

    I LOVE to walk! My problem now is that I am facing knee replacement of both knees. The first one will take place in October and if that one goes well, the 2nd will be in January. I am so hoping that after these surgeries I am able to continue to walk to help with the weight gain that I have since quitting smoking! I am sorry I waited so long to quit because now I’ve gained all this weight and it sure doesn’t help the knees! I can walk at a slow pace now for short distances, but have a hard time going up or down any type of incline in the road or sidewalk. Wish me luck everyone…..I am scared but anxious to get back out and take long walks!!

  • Selvie says:

    July 30, 2015 at 9:49 am -

    Finding this site is the best thing that could have happened to me. My health recently has not been good and I know its because I am sitting behind my computer the whole day and I keep putting off the exercise that I need. I am pledging right now to start with 10 minutes of movement a day and increase it every week. Will report my progress here. When I read the benefits of walking and exercise here I am amazed at the list. It seems that if we walk and exercise regularly we wont need doctors and medication that is full of side effects. Thank you.

  • thepromo says:

    July 31, 2015 at 5:55 am -

    Nice one!

  • Zander Collision says:

    July 31, 2015 at 6:09 pm -

    I agree with you Bill, walking help in lubricating our joints and is a good form of exercise for elderly. My grandfather goes on a walk everyday in the morning. He is 87 years old and he has excellent conditioning.

  • Selvie says:

    August 2, 2015 at 2:16 pm -

    At first I could not understand the benefit of wearing a pedometer. But then I thought that using a pedometer is like playing a game. We get addicted to the challenge and we want to keep improving on our best score. It is a well known fact that we can only improve that which we can measure. So definitely it does lead to an increase of steps every time we use it. Happy walking!

  • Selvie says:

    August 2, 2015 at 2:27 pm -

    There are two main requirements for our bodies to function optimally. One is that we need good circulation of oxygen. The other is that we need good circulation of blood. Brisk walking has proven to help with both these requirements. Including deep breathing when walking and making sure to move the upper body and arms helps to work out that region as well. Enjoy.

  • Martin says:

    August 5, 2015 at 11:03 am -

    Although it may not show immediate results, walking can be a great health boost in the long run(pun intended). Rather than taking a bus or driving a short distance to your work-place, why not walk that short distance? Its funny even while playing golf, people use golf carts to travel short distance that would keep them fit if they walked. The human body works better when it exercised constantly. Going on a hiking trip on a hill or a mountain might seem tiresome but after sometime the distance that other people perceive as long will seem short to you. After all, you are only helping yourself to stay healthy.

    1. LiannaD8808 says:

      August 5, 2015 at 1:32 pm -

      This makes me feel better about losing my metro card the other day. Me and my kids had to walk 30-40 minutes to my son’s dentist appointment. After the we walked 20 min to the park and they played for 1 hour and 30 minutes. We then walked back home which took another 40 min. They all was Knocked out for bedtime. This is something I will definitely try again if I lose my metro card or not.

  • LiannaD8808 says:

    August 5, 2015 at 1:35 pm -

    I now walk my dog every morning for 2 hours. I feel like a new person when I come home and get my day started as far as my main responsibilities (my children). Having a big dpg and three kids will get you in shape in NO PROBLEM!

    1. Mama Bulldog says:

      August 13, 2015 at 11:25 pm -

      2 hours? Wow! That is awesome! My dogs would love you! I’m encouraged to walk more after reading some of the comments on this blog. I’m not sedentary by no means, but I’m not walking as long of a distance as I used to.

      Great job on those long walks!

  • Diane says:

    August 7, 2015 at 11:20 pm -

    I had a pedometer app before, but I rarely used it. I came across the fitbit devices and some others, which would be good for someone who is really into fitness, and wants to measure pretty much everything they are doing, as well as calories burned, but for the average person, especially older ones who may not be into newer gadgets, a simple pedometer would probably be sufficient.

  • JoggingDaily says:

    August 9, 2015 at 8:35 pm -

    I find that a pedometer really helps motivate me to keep up and moving!!! It doesn’t have to be anything, just something that counts your steps. I have a flyer printed out that shows a chart for how many calories you burn for a certain amount of steps, it’s very helpful! Having a pedometer helps me set goals. As opposed to just thinking, I will be active today, I think of how many steps I want to take! It helps quantify my fitness goals. I highly suggest everyone who is interested in a fitness-centric lifestyle should buy a pedometer.

  • NorthStar says:

    August 10, 2015 at 10:44 am -

    I work as a Systems Engineer. This requires long hours of just sitting in front of my laptop. You may say I have a sedentary lifestyle. One time I accompanied my father to his doctor for a checkup and while waiting in the lobby, I came to listen to a seminar regarding Diabetes. And lo and behold, I am a contestant in that field. That was the moment I told myself no more excuses. Now, I am a proud owner of FitBit Flex. It is a wearable gadget that help you stay motivated and improve your health by tracking your activity, exercise, food, weight and sleep. My friends and I bought this and now enjoys friendly competitions staying on top, since it has an app that can monitor your progress as well as your friends. Not to mention it comes in various colors that suits one’s taste. Here’s to 10k steps a day and more! Have fun walking!

    1. JoggingDaily says:

      August 10, 2015 at 8:56 pm -

      How difficult is it to configure the Fitbit? I had considered getting one for a friend, but I was worried that the interface would be too complicated for her to use. I am very intrigued by the idea of something that fully monitors all aspects of your fitness, though. It would make it much easier to work towards a fit lifestyle if you knew exactly what you were doing.

      1. NorthStar says:

        August 12, 2015 at 2:35 pm -

        It is rather very easy. All you have to do is download the corresponding apps (both available for Android ans iOS), fill in the necessary information about you, wear your fitbit and your mobile device will detect it. Easy huh? What’s good about it also it that the battery can last to 3-4 days on an average of 10k steps per day. And it vibrates too if you reach the 10k steps. It also has 5 indicator light that lights up per 2k steps. Bonus also that the bracelet comes in many colors.

  • GenevB says:

    August 10, 2015 at 7:27 pm -

    My family doctor told me that in order to stay toned up, about 45 minutes of walking per day is the best way. I’ve started doing so for about 30 minutes, I did this for 5 months and there were considerably differences in my body. My fat percent went down and I looked a lot more toned up.

    1. Mama Bulldog says:

      August 13, 2015 at 11:22 pm -

      Therein lies my problem then. I only walk 20 to 30 minutes most days. Supposedly I’m not supposed to work my self up too much due to cortisol levels being too high. And when cortisol is too high you don’t burn fat for my body type…at least that is what I read on some article recently.

      I suppose the best thing to do is to just keep moving though. Happy walking!

      ~Sharon

  • Mama Bulldog says:

    August 11, 2015 at 7:17 pm -

    I love walking! It is my favorite form of exercise. Depending on the location I may listen to music while walking. Other times I use this time as prayer time. One thing is for sure though – I never grow tired of the beautiful scenery that I get to see when I walk.

    Over the past year my walking has declined due to stenosis in my low back and spine. The pain is great some days. I do continue to walk, but I’m not finding it as enjoyable as I once did due to pain. However, I have to keep moving!

  • aphil says:

    August 16, 2015 at 10:09 am -

    A pedometer is a good idea and would seem to be a distraction from the thought of doing the exercise, because it becomes fun and challenging. That is so interesting that people walked more when using it. It makes you have goals and they are real life drivers. I agree that walking in nature is so healing. I used walking and deep breathing to recover from illness myself. First half a block, a block and then around the block and more. I have made it a lifestyle now.

    1. Mama Bulldog says:

      August 16, 2015 at 5:57 pm -

      Making it a way of life is certainly the key. And that can be challenging when recovering from an illness. Your determination is to be commended. I’m glad to see you found healing by walking and enjoying creation.

  • ohserena says:

    August 20, 2015 at 1:18 pm -

    I walk with a neighbor who is in her sixties and I can hardly keep up with her! She’s been walking for years around the neighborhood every day. Her health is fantastic. She isn’t on any medications and she has enough energy to run a daycare out of her home, taking care of 8-10 kids. She inspired me to walk more. I’m going to surprise her and get her a pedometer. I’ll look into the one that was mentioned.

  • mzpeaceful1 says:

    August 21, 2015 at 4:59 am -

    I walk daily with my two old Beagles. It’s great for all of us. When I was younger I ran and cycled but those harder impact exercises did a lot of damage to my joints over the years. Now I enjoy my daily walks.

    I also use a pedometer. It’s so nice to actually see how far I’ve gone and I want to increase my distance daily. I also enjoy being outside especially in the evenings.

    1. xmaslights says:

      September 10, 2015 at 7:31 pm -

      Walking with my dog always feels more fulfilling than running/walking on my own. I feel like a better pet owner, I’m less stressed, my cute dog gets to see the scenery, and I’m exercising! It’s truly one of the better decisions to help me be healthy that I’ve made – it certainly beats just strictly dieting!

  • Esmael says:

    August 27, 2015 at 11:01 am -

    Walking is one of the easiest and most refreshing ways to gain excersise. Just walking 10 minutes a day can prove to be very well for your body, and everyone should have at least 10 minutes of free time in their day. The pedometer would be a great gift as you keep walking those calories away.

    1. xmaslights says:

      September 10, 2015 at 7:36 pm -

      I definitely agree! I got a pedometer as a gift, and it’s made walking much more fulfilling. Instead of saying a “30 minute walk”, I can think to myself – wow, I walked 1,000 steps!

  • Amy shewring says:

    September 6, 2015 at 6:52 pm -

    I have seen first hand that walking can improve your quality of life. My great aunt had a couple of falls and broke her hip, part of her healing process was to walk for 30 mins each day, it helped to speed up her recovery and she has walked every day since then. Since starting the walking she hasn’t had any more falls. A pedometer is the perfect little gadget to monitor how much you’re walking, they’re discreet, easy to use and they encourage walking.

  • Gloria says:

    September 6, 2015 at 9:14 pm -

    I just got a pedometer, and I love it! It’s become a little addicting. If my step numbers aren’t high enough, I have to get up and move. It’s great motivation. I have always loved walking and could walk more miles without feeling tired, but I’m wondering if I should start jogging also. I’ve heard that it’s best to do exercise that gets your heart rate up for a little while. I’ve just never had the stamina for running or jogging like I have with walking. Does anyone have any opinions about how running/jogging compares to walking? Any advice for a first time runner?

    1. getup says:

      September 30, 2015 at 11:40 pm -

      If you haven’t started jogging yet, you can ease into it. I love using the elliptical machine. You can get the feeling of running, but without the damaging impact. Another idea is to just walk fast and gradually increase your tolerance. I think using the pedometer is a great idea. I have friends who challenge each other to daily step goals.

  • kcollier63 says:

    September 7, 2015 at 5:50 am -

    It is quite amazing to consider the results that you can get when you reward yourself a little for the efforts that you put out! Having a simple pedometer can make all the difference when it comes to these little rewards. Once you see that you are actually making progress, you will soon want to step up your game, so to speak.

  • Diane says:

    September 10, 2015 at 6:57 pm -

    I love living near nature trails. I just got back from a walk, and it definitely helped clear my head, and relieved the stress I was feeling. Even when the weather isn’t perfect, as long as it’s safe, it’s important to at least get outside and breathe in some fresh air. If someone is depressed, such as after a hospital stay, it’s good to get into the routine of sitting outside for a bit daily, and then, if possible, it’s best to work slowly back into a routine of increased exercise.

  • misskrystal1982 says:

    September 25, 2015 at 4:08 pm -

    I personally love walking! I live in the country and there is nothing like taking a stroll down an old gravel road to really make you feel good. I don’t understand the people who think walking on a treadmill is the same thing! There is no comparison to the fresh air and the sights keeping you entertained while you walk. And walking with a friend is the best. You have someone to talk to and enjoy the walk with. When you are enjoying yourself, you walk farther.

  • mk417 says:

    September 29, 2015 at 9:54 pm -

    My father is a senior citizen. He’s 67 and loves walking! He swears it’s improved his life physically and mentally. He enjoys getting out, getting fresh air, and moving. He’s not as sore anymore and he also feels mentally healthier after going for a long walk on a sunny day. He swears by them.

  • Celerian says:

    October 4, 2015 at 8:23 pm -

    Walking has so many fantastic benefits, I recommend it to everyone

  • GoldenCandy says:

    October 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm -

    Having just had a baby some-odd months ago, I have to say, walking is great for any/all age groups. It doesn’t matter if you’re young or old, the benefits of walking can be noticed in your first session! When I was pregnant with my baby girl, I walked and water-walked a lot! It provided me the extra stamina to endure labor and weight gain. I had an easier time falling asleep at night. My blood pressure was still in the normal to healthy range, even towards the 7 to 8 month markers.

    Even before becoming a parent, I noticed that walking for hours on end strengthened my knees, ankles, calves, stomach muscles, etc, without acknowledging fatigue. That is perhaps why I love walking so much. It’s harder for me to notice exhaustion. When running or performing more vigorous activities I notice the strain/ difficulty a lot more readily than I do with walking.

    What are your thoughts on walking? Has it improved your quality of life?

  • andpet says:

    October 12, 2015 at 2:45 am -

    If you already have a smartphone, a simple walking / running app is either free or cost pennies. Best thing, it helps tracking everything you’ve done in one place.

  • 55andAmbitious says:

    October 23, 2015 at 8:37 am -

    I’ve signed up to this blog by Bill Case so I can have a virtual accountability walking partner. I’m sure this community will help me get fit and get moving with what I had planned to do– to keep fit and healthy– to get on with it!! Signs of ‘wear-and-tear’ that come with age get quite frustrating sometimes. But I need to surround myself with positivity who love life, enjoy good health and long life.

    I believe in what Bill says about walking and proper exercise– on a daily basis for a senior like me who still feel young at heart. 🙂

    Thank you!

  • Nemesysbr says:

    October 23, 2015 at 5:08 pm -

    My grandpa had horrible health, and even had a stroke a few years ago. But ever since he started taking regular walks, he was able to overcome depression and completely regulate his sleeping schedule. It didn’t do miracles, as he is still is very old regardless, but I can’t help but feel he got a few more years in this world just by adopting this little habit.

  • Hi_87 says:

    October 27, 2015 at 5:44 pm -

    Walking is one of my favorites exercises. It’s easy, cheap and you can enjoy a good view while practicing it. After reading this article I decided to buy myself a pedometer! Near my house there is a large square and every morning and night people often exercise there. I like to walk and run and with the right company, everything gets easier and more pleasurable.

  • sonamaa14 says:

    November 6, 2015 at 12:34 am -

    There are numerous benefits from walking. I personally walk for 45 minutes everyday. I feel that walking is an essential part of living a healthy and long life. In my opinion, everyone should walk for at least 45 minutes everyday.
    One thing I would recommend is purchasing a smart watch, such as a FitBit. I recently purchased a FitBit and it has motivated me to walk at least ten thousand steps every day.

  • mikemaricich says:

    November 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm -

    Me and my wife walk a few miles at least 5 times a week. It’s a great thing for a relationship because you have time away from any distractions. We can discuss our plans and dreams for the future and that is a important and often over looked aspect of good health.

  • Heda says:

    November 14, 2015 at 5:05 pm -

    I use this awesome app on my phone which counts how many miles I walk/run/cycled and it gives me points which I can then donate to children and people in need. That keeps me motivated and my lifestyle has changed a lot! Unfortunately for you, it’s a Czech app so I guess you guys wouldn’t understand it :/

  • Amelie says:

    November 16, 2015 at 5:50 am -

    Being able to go for a walk with my mother in the early morning or at dusk is a luxury that I’m grateful for. We live in a fairly quiet neighborhood and there aren’t that many cars that pass by especially in the morning. I love the feel of the wind, the clean air on my skin, and I love that mama and I like each other well enough to still do stuff together. Walking with someone also facilitates a more in-depth discussion, I believe. I find it easier to confide in my mother when we’re on our early morning constitutional than when we’re at the dinner table.

  • mgprice1 says:

    November 16, 2015 at 8:41 pm -

    Walking is such a great exercise, especially for people who aren’t able to do very intense physical activities. We can increase our activity by doing simple things, such as parking a little farther away at the grocery store or even just walking to the mailbox instead of getting the mail as you pull in the driveway. A pedometer is a great tool for counting steps, setting goals, keeping track of daily activity, and increasing motivation!

  • AgingGracefully says:

    November 17, 2015 at 12:02 pm -

    I’ve seen so many people start exercise plans, fitness plans and diet plans, all bursting with good intentions and then within a couple of months they’ve gone back to their old ways. Walking is natural, easy to fit into your daily routine, doesn’t require special equipment or clothing and no-one’s going to laugh at you for doing it. A good pedometer gives you a challenge for yourself alone – or you can compete with friends or a partner to see who walks furthest in a day. What’s not to like?

  • krissttinaisobe says:

    November 17, 2015 at 10:08 pm -

    Did you see Dr. Oz today? Dr. Oz spoke about the delicious little bits we love like 2 slices of pizza which needs over an hour to work off or a slice of cheese cake that needs over 2 hours to work off and is it worth eating it? I thought it’ll take just another 5 min. of exercising to work off for the little no-no food I love to eat, but today the reality of truth from Dr. Oz came and guess if we’d like to indulge we got to work it off, diligently and it’s long to work off for just a few pieces of decadence! Oh well, hope the bakeries & pizzeria make sugar free, low or no cholesterol and low or no sodium foods. Happy Holidays everyone and thanks!

  • Katekatecupecake says:

    November 24, 2015 at 10:32 pm -

    Walking is definitely a good way of exercising and staying generally healthy. Especially if you have health issues that give you trouble with mobility or energy, such as lupus or arthritis. I am not of a normal age to have joint problems, but I do and I find that I have more energy and less joint stiffness and aches if I stay active.

  • diligentworker says:

    December 14, 2015 at 1:58 am -

    After reading all of this and learning about the boatload of benefits that comes with walking, I’m excited and committed to doing more walking. No more excuses for me.

  • Amelie says:

    December 15, 2015 at 1:12 am -

    What fascinates me the most about walking is that it’s free. You don’t even need fancy walking shoes, although if you have those, all the better. Just go outside, and the whole road is your gym. It makes me feel silly when I think about all the money I spent on a gym membership! Walking has also helped my 61-year-old mother leave the overweight category – yay! Who says it’s harder for seniors to lose weight? 🙂 My mother did by taking a walk 5 days a week and cutting back a bit on her eating. She did it gradually, she took her time, she didn’t stress out about it (didn’t even give it much thought), and the weight never came back. Walking is a godsend. 🙂

  • krissttinaisobe says:

    December 16, 2015 at 2:57 am -

    I exercise at home while I take care of my Mom too she’s 89. I can’t leave the house for too long, so I find ways to do what I must and care for Mom. Guess what Dr. Oz says about pedometers:
    http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/toni-winston/world-no-pedometers

    I had a free pedometer from McDonalds once. Did not get a new one though for I got a tight budget!

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