Health Tip: Seniors Who Walk for Exercise

Use flat, even paths

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(HealthDayNews) -- While walking is great exercise for people of all ages, it can be especially beneficial for seniors. Walking for exercise has a low injury rate and lends itself to an adaptable pace, depending on your fitness level.

The American Podiatric Medical Association offers these better-walking tips:

  • Warm up before you walk, and cool down afterward. Stretching improves circulation and decreases the buildup of lactic acid, which is the chemical byproduct that causes muscles to ache.
  • Buy the proper footgear. Look for shoes that carry the American Podiatric Medical Association's Seal of Approval.
  • Changes or pain in your feet or ankles aren't normal and could indicate a serious foot ailment or circulatory problem. If you experience any unfamiliar symptoms, see your doctor as soon as possible.
  • If possible, walk on grass or dirt paths that are flat and even. With age, the natural shock absorbers in your feet deteriorate.
  • Avoid walking outdoors in cold weather, which causes numbness and limits your ability to detect injury to your feet.

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