Is regular walking enough to keep you strong and fit? Several women in their 50s and 60s who walk daily have told me that their walking routine provides ample aerobic exercise. They achieve a minimum of 10,000 steps daily, which is an established recommendation. Certainly, regular walking is very beneficial for general heart-lung health, mobility, balance, posture, psychological and mental health. It can also help the management of lower back pain, body weight and other physical functions that I highlighted in a previous blog. However, is walking enough physical activity to offset some of the decline in strength as you age? No. Walking is not enough!
Let’s consider why this is the case, and what you can do about it……..