Be Careful on a Walk When You’re Over 60

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Even if you’re in good health, your body may not work exactly the same.

As you get older, your body naturally starts to make subtle alterations in how it holds itself. This is completely normal; even if you’re in peak physical condition, it doesn’t change the fact that the makeup of your bones, joints, and muscles are simply different from how they were when you were younger. It’s important to be cognizant of these changes when you get past 60 years old, because if you try to exercise like you’re still young, you run a greater risk of injuring yourself.

Proper form and posture is a very important factor when you’re going for a walk as a young adult, but as an older person, it becomes vital. You should endeavor to stand up completely straight, roll your feet with your steps, and keep your shoulders down, among other important points. As you get older, your body may start to sag a bit, so you have to put a little more effort into keeping things even, because if you don’t, you could pull or strain muscles and joints.

It’s also even more important to perform a proper pre-walk warm-up. You should stretch your legs, feet, and back before a lengthy walk. Your body needs to be acclimated quickly to higher-stress environment; if your body isn’t ready for physical pressure, trust me, it’ll make its complaints known promptly.

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In the event of a sudden fall or injury, it may be more difficult for you to recover on your own. As such, you should also take the proper safety precautions when out on a walk by yourself. Have a charged phone in your pocket that you can reach easily to call for help. You should also wear supportive walking shoes and have some water on your person, though try not to carry it in your hands, as it could throw off your posture.

It’s more than possible to get a nice walk going well into old age, you just have to be a little more careful about it.