The Hurry Cane: Walking is Vital for Overall Health
According to the article, an adult must engage in a minimum of two and a half hours of aerobic exercise per week to experience health benefits. The aerobic exercise need only occur at a moderate level, and adults need engage in moderate physical activity in a little as ten minute increments. An adult will typically achieve a moderate exertion level during a brisk walk.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study mentioned in the article indicates less than half of the adult population engage in physical activities that meet these requirements. Courtney Hoefener at the Hurry Cane states: "It's critical that our nation's elderly take this news seriously. Hopefully the Hurry Cane will give people the confidence they need to get up move."
The good news is walking is gaining in overall popularity as a form of exercise. The study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shared that over 60 percent of adults walked for 10 minutes or more during the week. Yet seniors ages 65 and older do not yet engage in walking as often as their younger counterparts.
The article shared information about a StrongWomen program developed at Boston's Tufts University. The program used research findings about the bone density in older adults to create an exercise regimen beneficial to the needs of seniors. Individuals who follow the program are apt to experience improved balance, mobility, strength and stamina. The program can be implemented by recreation centers that serve older adults throughout the nation.
In the case of senior citizens, the article states seniors who are physically active typically live longer than their sedentary peers. Physical activity is also associated with a reduced risk for some cancers, diabetes, depression, heart disease, and stroke.