Regular exercise provides a multitude of health benefits for seniors including a stronger heart, a positive mental outlook, and an increased chance of remaining independent. Thirty percent of Americans walk for exercise and for awesome reasons. Walking doesn’t involve special equipment or athleticism, yet it offers a massive amount of health benefits — from helping you shed some pounds and reducing depression to controlling diabetes and lowering your blood pressure.
A moderate exercise like walking can enhance the connectivity of important brain circuits, combat declines in brain function associated with aging and increase performance on cognitive tasks. In fact, seniors who add 150 minutes of brisk walking to their routine each week can add 3.4 years to their lifespan. Here are 13 reasons for seniors to walk their way to better health.