As Acacia Creek gears up for the 12th annual Move for Wellness (M4W) fitness campaign, we also want invite everyone—residents, team members, family and friends—to also take part in this fun, exercise campaign in their own creative ways as a step forward in our successful aging journeys. Regardless of how much exercise you participate in, the purpose of M4W is to encourage all of us to be mindful of the importance of physical activity and to possibly incorporate more in our lifestyles whether it’s going out for strolls more frequently, sticking to a schedule to visit the gym, or even parking farther away from the grocery to get more steps in!
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, seniors should exercise a total of 150 minutes, or two and a half hours, a week to stay healthy. Simply put, walking can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent or manage health conditions, strengthen bones and muscles – good for balance and coordination – and boost mood! Walking faster, farther, and with more intensity can increase these health benefits greatly, helping you have more endurance and a stronger body.
At Acacia Creek, a Masterpiece Living Certified Center for Successful Aging, and retirement community, we believe that exercise is an important part of all wellness categories – intellectual, social, physical, and purposeful. Beginning a walking routine with a wonderful fitness stride is easy.
Here are some tips to get the most out of walking:
- Make sure that you have comfortable clothing and shoes that offer support, flexibility, and protection.
- Pay attention to your posture, keeping your stomach tight and back straight.
- When walking, look straight ahead and refrain from stiffening your shoulders or keeping them in a shrugged position
- Swing your arms, bending your elbows to add intensity and power to your walk.
Whether it’s walking, swimming, weight-training, once you’ve gotten the hang of it, boost your motivation by joining a group, partnering with an exercise buddy, or starting an exercise program in your own community to inspire others. Enjoy the journey as you walk your way to a healthier, happier life!