Bickford of Cedar Falls
Nothing can replace home. At Bickford of Cedar Falls, we don’t ask you to give up your home, your treasures, your memories. Instead, we want you to bring the pieces of the home you love into ours and make it yours. Through personalized assisted living services, we invite you to share your stories with us, to see Bickford as an extension of your home.
Walking Toward Better Health
Walking is one of the most natural and easiest forms of exercise. Numerous studies have shown that seniors who walk every day reap many health benefits, including lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, and disability. Walking is an easy, fun, and low-impact activity that proves seniors don’t need to become Olympic athletes to enjoy the healthy aging.
Easy to DoWalking is easy to do because seniors have been doing it since they were children! Starting a fitness program that involves walking every day doesn’t require learning a new skill or buying any sports equipment. All you need to walk regularly is a properly-fitted pair of shoes. Seniors who walk with a cane or walker should also ensure their mobility aids are in good condition. Walking can be done indoors or outdoors, making it an ideal activity for any location and climate. With the help of a watch or pedometer, seniors can easily determine how far they’ve walked and track the benefits they are generating for their bodies.
Better BalanceAs the body ages, poor balance and limited mobility or strength can lead to falls, which are a serious health risk for the elderly. A regular walking program can keep the body accustomed to moving and standing, greatly reducing the risk of falls. Walking naturally helps the body to maintain balance and good posture, which are particularly important for older adults. This activity also helps to maintain muscle strength, which in turn makes it easier to hold the body in a healthy and stable position during movement.
Improved StaminaWalking improves physical stamina, giving seniors more energy to take part in the activities they love. This simple aerobic activity strengthens the heart, lungs, and cardiovascular system, improving circulation so the entire body is healthier and more energized. Studies have shown that seniors who walk regularly have more energy for everyday tasks such as games, crafts, and even cleaning or cooking meals without becoming winded.
Lower Rates of DisabilityDisabilities and reduced physical function related to joint pain, muscle weakness, osteoporosis, and more can be prevented or reduced by walking. In fact, recent studies have shown that regular walking can reduce a senior’s risk of becoming disabled by nearly half. Walking helps to maintain muscle strength and bone density, making movements easier and safer overall. In many cases, a low-impact walking program can also reduce joint pain and swelling related to arthritis, helping seniors to maintain flexibility and comfortable motion
Are you ready to get walking as you enjoy senior living at its best? Bickford of Cedar Falls encourages our senior residents to join our walking club, which is just one of the many ways we help our residents maintain good health and the social connections they need to achieve happiness. Click through our website to learn more about our activities and events.