Walking may be the best fitness activity for many seniors, given the relatively low physical risks and the enormous long-term health benefits. These 'Walking Tips for Seniors' are designed to reduce the risk of injuries that could prevent you from realizing the great benefits of walking.
Stretching improves circulation and decreases build-up of lactic acid -- the chemical byproduct that causes muscles to ache.
Choose proper footgear. Buying shoes is virtually the only necessary expense for walking, so don't cut corners on your shoe budget. A running or orthopaedic shoe store will know what works best.
Pay attention to your feet. Changes and/or pain in the feet and ankles are not normal and could indicate a serious foot ailment or circulatory problem.
Walk on soft ground. With age, the natural shock absorbers (or "fat padding") in your feet deteriorate, as does bone density. Parks are nicer than sidewalks anyhow!
Avoid walking when it’s so cold that your feet go numb. Numbness limits your ability to detect trauma or wounds to the feet.
If you have diabetes, use extra care. Diabetics are prone to infection from even minor injuries.
Exercise smart. Knowing your limits and exercising with caution can avoid injuries and frustration.