Walking is one of the simplest exercises you can do to improve your health. Reducing weight, revving up your metabolism, and boosting endorphins – or the “happy” chemical in your brain – are just three great benefits of walking. However, knowing the benefits of walking and gleaning them for yourself are two completely different things. Fortunately, it’s easy to get your steps in daily, even if you don’t have a ton of time to devote to long workouts. Try one of these enjoyable ideas.
Play with your children or grandchildren.
Have young children in your family? Heading outside with them is a great way to get more steps in. That’s because children are active and know how to make physical activity fun for older adults. Playing tag or kickball, chasing after rambunctious toddlers, playing on the playground, and taking walks with a stroller are fun ways to bond and meet your daily walking goal.
Remind yourself with an alarm.
Walking doesn’t have to be an “all or nothing” thing. Even quick walks around your apartment community count toward your daily step goal. One good way to ensure that you never forget to get up and get walking is by setting an alarm on your smartphone or other devices. Experts recommend that you walk – whether around your building or within your apartment home – at least once every hour.
Turn walking into a social activity.
Everything is more fun with friends, including walking. If you can’t motivate yourself to get off the couch, try calling a friend and seeing if they will get moving with you. (Odds are, they will!) Aside from being able to spend time with a pal, walking with a friend tends to make you forget how many steps you’ve logged. Not able to walk together in-person? Try catching up over the phone while you walk.
At Fairways at Lincoln Apartments in Lincoln, Nebraska, nothing is more important to us than your health, happiness, and overall well-being. We offer these informative blogs as a way to enhance your lifestyle beyond the scope of the physical features and services that we provide in our beautiful and welcoming community.