As we age, our joints begin to creak and our muscles and bones weaken. It becomes harder to maintain an active lifestyle. You may think that when you get older, your time for exercise is past. But this is not always the case! Engaging in moderate activities such as walking for exercise can have serious health benefits. Walking, in particular, can help you stay mobile as you get older — along with offering other important health benefits.
Walking and Mobility
Starting a walking regimen now can help you maintain your mobility and prevent future injury and disability. Studies show that aerobic exercise like walking can both help prevent disability and reduce its effects. Experts recommend 150 minutes of moderate aerobic exercise per week for older adults. If you are interested in walking for exercise, aim for two-and-a-half hours of brisk walking.
If you live with a disability that restricts your mobility, moderate exercise may help reduce its effects. Begin with small steps. Over time, try to work up to the recommended amount of weekly exercise. Maintaing an exercise regimen that works for you may improve the symptoms of your disability and your overall health.
Other Benefits of Walking for Exercise
In addition to what we have discussed, walking has many other health benefits. Walking may help to:
- Keep your heart healthy
- Keep bones and muscles strong
- Keep weight in control
Aerobic exercise promotes general health and can also improve mood and self-esteem. These health benefits can be a great help when living with a disability.
Helpful Disability Resources
Using aerobic activities such as walking for exercise help your body stay healthy. But physical health is not the only factor in a disability case. At Summit Disability Law Group, we understand that disabilities can seriously affect job opportunities, quality of life, and finances. Because of this, we are dedicated to helping our clients file successful disability benefit claims. Our attorneys are familiar with the claims process and know how to help you get what you deserve.
If you are disabled and seeking Social Security benefits, please contact us. We offer free initial consultations, so that you can discuss your case with professionals without any financial obligations. We hope to be able to help you get the benefits you need.