Saturday, August 25, 2012


Here's an exercise I enjoy immensely -- briskwalking!  It’s simple and it’s cheap.  You can actually do it anywhere as long as it’s on an even paved pathway devoid of loose rabid dogs along the way.

Furthermore, according to HEALTHbeat, a Harvard Medical School newsletter I subscribe to via email, which I highly recommend, walking improves one’s balance.  

Check out the following tips from their recent newsletter:

Improve your balance by walking

The sense of balance typically worsens with age. It can be further compromised by certain medical conditions and medications; uncorrected vision problems; or a lack of flexibility. Poor balance often leads to falls, which can cause head and other disabling injuries. Hip fractures, in particular, can lead to serious health complications and threaten independence. A combination of activities such as walking, strength training, and specific workouts can improve balance and prevent falls, especially in older adults.

Walking helps build lower-body strength, an important element of good balance. Walking is safe exercise for most people and, in addition to improving balance, counts toward your aerobic activity goals. If health problems make walking especially difficult for you, a physiatrist or physical therapist can suggest other options.

A good walking plan should be designed to safely boost physical activity whether you're sedentary or fairly active. The minutes count, not the miles. 

Here's how to tailor a walking plan to your needs:

If you aren't in the habit of exercising, start at the beginning. If you normally use a cane or walker, be sure to do so. As you feel stronger and more comfortable, gradually add more minutes to your walks.

If you already exercise start with a walking plan that best matches your current routine and build from there. If the plan seems too easy, add time, distance, or hills. Aim for at least 150 minutes of walking per week, but don't hesitate to add more.

For more information on improving balance and preventing falls, along with detailed exercise plans and routines, purchase Better Balance from Harvard Medical School.

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  1. I love walking. Wish I could do it more often!

    1. It can be enjoyable, too! I always bring along my point and shoot digicam when I go briskwalking.

  2. I really enjoy the days when I am able to walk further/faster. I like those tents in your photo too.

    1. Those tents belonged to Cirque du Soleil when they performed during the holidays last year, Joyful!

  3. such an informative post...briskwalking being cheap and enjoyable is indeed great form of exercise! I love dropping by here for your healthy tips and info, may you be blessed with good health always!

  4. Great shot and I concur, walking is a good and free exercise... Thank you for sharing on Weekly Top Shot #45!

    1. You're welcome, Madge nad many thanks for the reminder and visit!