Incorporating movement and staying active daily is key to remaining independent and fit in later years. As we age, being able to do simple things like hurrying across a street or even just getting dressed and out the door in the morning can become more difficult. One of the best ways to maintain fitness, flexibility and independence is to incorporate something as simple as daily walking.
While you may think it would take at least an hour a day, this study actually proved that an hour of walking a week, which breaks down to about 10 minutes a day, can protect against disability as we age. It’s actually what I recommend in Today is Still the Day.
Regardless of your age right now, if you are already an active person, keep it up. If you are currently inactive, this very small amount of intentional movement daily is simple preventative medicine!
Is 10 minutes of walking daily doable for you to maintain independence as you age?
Make gradual changes. Boost health, vitality and energy. Become your best YOU!
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Amen! Wonderful post Ms. Ann. Regardless of our ability, the key is to keep moving. It’s when we “give up” and quit trying to stay fit that our downhill slide begins to pick up momentum. Well said author. Other than exercising my surgically repaired shoulder, I can’t say that I “work out” each day anymore. I do lift, move, walk, bend, stretch, climb, pound, carry, and travel by foot around miles per day. That activity around the ranch seems to be enough for me. When I’m TDY though, and can find the time to fit it in, I’ll visit the gym at the hotel to make up for all the desk time I’m putting in instead. Great post ma’am.
Thank you J.D. Honestly what you do is functional fitness – all that activity and working around your ranch is better than hours in the gym, my friend.
It’s absolutely amazing how little things like this can make such a huge impact on health. It’s so simple almost everyone could do it!
It’s so true and yet we think if it isn’t some big, hours long session it doesn’t count. Thanks Holly!
Ann, my great aunt lived to be 100. She walked every evening including the one before she died. She didn’t have to go to a nursing home. I hope I’ll still be moving as long as I’m here.
God bless your great aunt – and Debbie that is my goal as well. I want to be healthy, independent and active every day God gives me on this earth.