Two legs and a good pair of shoes

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We should ALL be walking, even people with dementia.

Walking womanThat’s all you need! Walking is one of the least expensive modes of exercise you’ll ever find. Correction: you need legs, good shoes, and room to walk. The good news is that even if you don’t live in a neighborhood where walking is appropriate, you can walk around the mall; you can walk the perimeter of your apartment or house; you can walk up and down the corridors of your building; you can walk in place … I know, boring, but you get the idea … WALK!

Walking is one of the best weight-bearing exercises us humans can do to protect our bones.  At a recent doctor’s appointment, I bragged to my doctor that every week I do Bar Method exercises, yoga, weight lifting, and recumbent bike … and every once in a while I walk.  She said, “The only weight-bearing exercise in that list is walking.  Get out there and walk!”

Group of people walkingCome on!  Walk with a friend so the two of you are accountable to each other.  And an added benefit to exercising with someone is that walking can be a bit routine and repetitive so having someone with whom to converse is a wonderful thing!

What are you waiting for?

Walk!

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3 thoughts on “Two legs and a good pair of shoes

    Theresa Hupp said:
    May 30, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    My grandmother with dementia walked until just days before her death at age 95. She lived for more than a decade with her dementia and was physically healthy until near the end.
    My mother with dementia quit walking soon after she moved into assisted living and died less than two years later. I believe her physical and mental impairments each made the other more disabling.

    Health and Fitness said:
    May 29, 2015 at 2:12 am

    Reblogged this on alexandrawr1990.

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    May 28, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Great advice, Irene! Thanks for spreading the word!

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