No one is unaware about the importance of walking and jogging. These both are age-old expressions of aerobic exercise and help a person in improving his or her cardiovascular system. Apart from burning calories, these exercises also help in building endurance and fueling joint mobility. However, people of old age should be very particular about practicing them. In the later years of life, muscles are anyway weak and then when you go for high-intensity walks or jogs without much awareness, you might worsen your pain.
So here are some tips for all the old and adorable folks.
Walking is basically a low impact exercise; as while walking, either of your foot remains on the ground, controlling your body weight, and your knees have to absorb limited shock. Besides, your breathing pace is also moderate and manageable and is overall less stressful. However, it is important to note that causal walking or jaywalking won’t bring major health benefits.
Next comes the concept of brisk walking. 100 steps per minute account for moderate intensity brisk walking. It is walking with more speed and focus. It helps you to develop your stamina and can also control your body weight. It also helps in maintaining blood pressure and preventing type 2 diabetes. So if you are already in a habit of walking, try brisk walking. It is not mandatory that you should reach the standard mark or count. You can build your pace overtime and increase the same. You can practice normal and brisk walking together. Say for example you brisk walk for 15 minutes, and then continue with regular walking.
Benefits of walking
1. Reduce risk of heart problems
2. Reduce risk of hypertension
3. Increase muscle strength
4. Polish the sense of balance
5. Help in getting sound sleep
Jogging is the low intensity form of running which has its own set of benefits and risks too. It helps you lead a healthier life but can even be problematic if carried out carelessly. An elderly person, suffering from osteoporosis or arthritis when takes up jogging, might face more pain due to excessive pressure and shock as, jogging is considered as a high impact exercise wherein, movements are lot quicker. Besides, in old age, jogging can also cause tiredness, fracture, ankle twist or any other injury. So it is better to opt for jogging in old age only if you are pretty much used to with. Nevertheless, these factors in no way eliminate the major health benefits jogging has to offer.
Benefits of jogging
1. Strengthens heart muscles
2. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular problems
3. Helps to shed extra weight
4. Improves bone density
Make sure that you are wearing right type of shoes. It will reduce the chances of accidents and will help you to get effective results.
Stay hydrated all the time.
Stretch a bit before hitting the ground.
Walk or jog indoors in case of extreme climatic conditions.