Whether we like it or not, we all know the importance of staying active throughout life. Not only does it keep us healthy, it also improves the quality of life, making us happier and less stressed. This is one of the many reasons Ladera incorporates so many green areas and walking paths into their Dallas TX active adult communities. Walking is one of the most beneficial forms of exercise available, because it is something most people can do and it doesn’t require any special equipment. Just 30-60 minutes a day makes a positive difference.
If the pounds are creeping up or you’ve had some health issue or injury that prevents strenuous workouts, walking is a great way to ease into a low-impact exercise regimen. Make sure you have comfortable, supportive shoes and go out and start walking. If you’re wanting to lose weight, you still need to watch what you eat, but by walking consistently each day, you’ll start to build lean muscle, which will help burn calories and boost your metabolism. Team up with some walking buddies to keep you going, even when you’d rather sit at home, or adopt a dog so you’ll have a good excuse to get out for a few walks every day.
Maintaining a healthy weight is a great reason for exercising, but walking has proven beneficial in reducing the likelihood of a variety of diseases. Studies have shown walking to reduce your risk of breast cancer and colon cancer. It also reduces the risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Best of all, once you start, you’ll find that the minimum 30 minutes is nothing and that 60-minute walk becomes a breeze. Check with your doctor, but even if you do have diabetes, walking can help control your blood sugar, and for those going through cancer treatments, walking aids in recovery.
Along with the physical benefits of a healthier body, walking also leads to a healthier mind. A National Council on Aging study found that people over 60 who walked 45 minutes a day at a 16-minute mile pace saw an increase in their mental acuity. In addition, walking improves your mood and helps to relieve stress. You’ve probably noticed that after a nice walk, you feel happier. That’s because walking and other moderate exercise releases endorphins, the body’s own natural happiness elixir.
Whether on your own, with a partner, or a four-legged friend, get out and enjoy the beautiful and extensive walkways located throughout the Ladera Dallas TX active adult communities. You’ll feel better physically and mentally. So get up, get your walking shoes on, and go for a walk. There’s no better time than the present!