6 Ways to Jumpstart Your Loved Ones Walking While in Assisted Living

Walking is one of the best fitness options for seniors. It’s low-impact, making it easy on your joints, but it elevates your heart rate enough to be an excellent way to get cardiovascular exercise. And, when you have an accountability partner, it’s also an excellent way to develop friendships, which is what we promote at the Gardens at Quail.

If you’re wondering how to help your loved one start a walking routine, we’ve got six great tips to help you lace up and go!

1. Find a Walking Partner

Walking is more fun with a buddy. You’ll get a chance to have a conversation, plus having a walking partner or two can help you stay accountable to your new habit. Life at Quail means having potential walking buddies just steps from your loved ones’ room. Mixing socialization and exercise is one of the benefits of living in our community.

2. Change Your Route Regularly

Even the prettiest walking trail can get boring if you walk it daily. Changing where you walk every week or so allows you to experience a greater variety of scenery. For example, some may have gentle hills that can be an exhilarating challenge. Quail’s grounds are expansive, and assisted living residents to have full access to the common areas. You can have a change of pace and scenery without ever leaving home, which many of our residents enjoy.

3. Use Your Arms

Incorporating arm movements into your walking routine gives you a whole-body workout. You can try swinging your arms opposite the leg, striding forward or bending your arms at the elbows, making fists, and pumping them back and forth as you walk. Some people enjoy “speed walking,” which incorporates smaller, faster steps with smaller, bent-arm swings.

Or, you may even wish to carry small dumbbells with you. One or two-pound weights feel quite light, but when you incorporate light arm exercises with these as you walk, you’ll notice quickly what a great workout you get!

4. Don’t Forget To Stretch To Increase Mobility

A light stretch before you start walking will help reduce the risk of straining a muscle while you walk. And after you finish, incorporate about five to ten minutes of active stretching while your muscles are still warm. Stretching after exercise reduces the chances of injury and can also help you retain your flexibility.

5. Be Mindful of Your Breathing

Make sure you take longer, deep breaths as you walk for fitness. Use all of your lungs to breathe deeply, starting from the navel and expanding through to your chest. Deeper breaths strengthen your lungs and provide more oxygen for your body. Your heart can deliver more oxygen-rich blood to your muscles, which preserves vital muscle tissue.

6. Choose Great Footwear

Not every casual shoe is a great fitness walking shoe. You need plenty of support, especially around your arches. So, the bottom of the shoe should have a deeper tread, which gives you more traction while you walk. Some athletic shoes are specially designed for walking, with plenty of cushioning and wider uppers that won’t constrict your feet during exercise.

Key Takeaway

Are you looking for a senior living community that provides on-site access for walking? The Gardens on Quail offers comfortable senior living for people who need extra help with daily living and is situated on beautifully landscaped grounds perfect for walking. Contact us today to schedule a tour of our grounds and everything Quail offers.