The older you get, the tougher it’s going to be to recover from certain issues and health ailments. It could be major surgery. Maybe it was a medical emergency like a heart attack or stroke. Perhaps it was injuries that were sustained in a slip and fall accident. Whatever the case may be, while the patient may not be focused on readmission rates to the hospital, they should be focused on recovery.
There may be many components to the recovery process.
Some of the components could involve rest. Some may involve medications. And others might involve physical therapy and exercise. If a doctor has recommended exercise for an aging patient upon discharge from the hospital, that doctor may provide some tips on what constitutes adequate exercise.
One common exercise routine that many seniors can enjoy is walking.
It’s not just a basic walk, though. Yes, this may be how it works out in the beginning, especially when helping the senior to begin using those muscles again, and not overtaxing their body, but ultimately a doctor may recommend the senior go for a brisk walk that elevates the heart rate for at least 15 minutes a day.
Why is walking a great routine?
It is generally considered a low-impact activity. In other words, the basic act of walking is not going to place a tremendous amount of stress and pressure on joints, including the knees, hips, and ankles. Some people will walk with ‘heavy steps’ and that can be a problem, but when walking at a normal, leisurely stroll, with the heel first, but not driving the heel down into the ground, it can be a low stress and low impact activity.
It can also be done in many places.
As long as the senior has the right support, such as with a home care aide or family member, he or she can go to a local park and walk around. They might prefer to go to a mall before opening hours. Many malls across the country will open their doors for ‘walkers’ an hour or more before the stores begin to open. This provides a safe atmosphere and a comfortable climate for seniors to walk around.
When the senior is strong enough or has the right support, they should push themselves a little bit faster than a normal pace. This will exercise their muscles and help elevate the heart rate, but they should always consult their doctor to make sure this is a safe activity for them to pursue.
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