Seniors: Walking Vacations Are In!

Mar 8th, 2010 | By James E Becker | Category: Senior Travel

The March/April 2010 AARP Magazine ran an article on Walking Vacations.  That’s all that Jim needed to explore a little deeper and come up with a series of possibilities for seniors who like to take a long walk.  I discovered many walking clubs and organizations that promote hiking all over the world.  If you enjoy walking and at this time of your life you need some stimulation, check out these links.  It does not take any special equipment or special training since you already know how to do it, and besides…. it’s FREE!  Can’t beat that with a stick! 

A Mayo Clinic physician says the bottom line is this: walking is good, whether the outcome measurement is blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, joint problems or mental health. “Getting out there and taking a walk is what it’s all about,” says James Levine, M.D., Ph.D., and a Mayo Clinic expert on obesity. “You don’t have to join a gym, you don’t have to check your pulse. You just have to switch off the TV, get off the sofa and go for a walk.”  Another reason to walk is because it really helps clear the mind, replenish the soul, and tones up the body.  Walking is one of your body’s most natural forms of exercise.  It’s safe, simple, doesn’t require practice, and the health benefits are many.    

Walking will help:

  • Lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol)
  • Raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol (the “good” cholesterol)
  • Lower your blood pressure
  • Reduce your risk of or manage type 2 diabetes
  • Manage your weight
  • Improve your mood
  • Stay strong and fit

Seniors – have you ever thought about walking a marathon? If so, check out this link: http://www.marathonwalking.com/In a recent poll 70% of walkers surveyed stated a desire to train for and participate in a marathon or distance walking event. 18% of those polled have previously walked in a marathon, and most of those would like to do it again someday. Maybe you would like to try one but don’t know where to start. This site will encourage you and provide information to help you along the way.  

I’ll stop here and continue with the same topic for my next Senior Travel Blog as there is “more to come.”  Enjoy!  jeb



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