Walking is 'best sort of exercise'

Posted on 23 May 2011

Older people, who could be paying for care, enjoy exercising by walking, one expert has indicated.

Emma Soames, editor-at-large for Saga Magazine, has said that walking is the "most popular" form of exercise among this group.

She explained that by walking briskly, older people can raise their heart rate and walking does not put them at risk of hurting themselves.

According to Ms Soames, walking is not just "the best sort of exercise" for older people, but for any generation.

"Other exercises which the over-60s are doing include swimming and cycling, but the big winner is walking," she added.

This follows comments by Dr William Bird, Natural England's strategic health advisor, who maintained that walking in a natural environment had added health benefits to doing so in an urban area.

The expert said that walking in a natural environment keeps the mind sharp and fights ageing.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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