The Boston Marathon is a sign that spring and summer are here and it's time to get outside and exercise.
But you don't have to run 26.2 miles. Walking at a brisk pace for 30 minutes daily has many benefits for seniors. Walking can help decrease the risk of heart attacks and stroke; control your blood pressure and weight; and boost good cholesterol.
Walk with a spouse or friend and make sure you keep at a pace where you can maintain a conversation. If you find yourself breathing heavily or trying to catch your breath then slow down. Try walking after your evening meal instead of plopping down on the couch. Walking will often improve sleep and mood.
There is even an international movement to promote walking called ”volkssporting." Volkssport began in Germany and means the "people's sport." The mission of the American Volkssport Association is to "promote health, fun, and fellowship through noncompetitive walking." You can go on the internet to get more information at www.ava.org.
So get out and walk. It's good for you!