Walk your way to health

Mobility, independence and good health in your old age can sometimes seem difficult or unattainable. Walking is a free and easy activity which may help you stay on top of your health. And the best part is you’re never too old to start.

What can walking do for you?

Walking is very beneficial for everyone, especially the elderly. It helps maintain a healthy weight, stronger muscles, better circulation, improved balance and increased coordination. It may mean less likelihood of injuries due to falling. According to research (Harvard Medical School, Arthritis Foundation), aged people who walk regularly are also less likely to suffer from illness, disability, mental disorder and other ailments, including but not limited to:

  • Osteoporosis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Colon cancer
  • Diabetes
  • Hip fractures
  • Arthritis pain
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Age-related memory decline
  • Dementia

Many people walk in their old age also find an increased level of energy and increased positive moods.

Ready, Set, Go!

If you are ready to walk your way to good health, make sure you consult your GP so you can feel confident knowing what is safe and good for you personally. You may start with slow-paced long walks or quick-paced short walks. You can start at any stage as even going for a short stroll is beneficial.

Better Health Victoria suggests that you walk with a friend, loved one or a walking group (which are available through Heart Foundation Walking and other organisations); as you may be more likely to walk regularly. Walking with a companion also promotes mental wellbeing and creates new lasting friendships. With many elderly suffering from isolation and loneliness, the social benefits of getting out of the house are very positive for all.

So if you’re worried about your health and independence in your old age, or are feeling lonely, tired or down, it might be time to put your walking shoes on. 

Whether you need a hand to keep up with your hobbies or would just like to have a chat with someone over a cup of tea, or maybe you would like to join a walking club, try yoga, or go swimming- we are here to assist. We can help you research and arrange different types of activities that interest you. Call STAR on 3821 6699 and enquire about STAR Companionship Service.  Our companions are qualified, professionally trained, screened and police checked. Rest assured, you or your loved one will be in genuine, caring and trustworthy hands.