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Finding that perfect walking path.

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When mobility is an issue, walking can sometimes be a hassle. Sometimes it is an issue of age or some other problem that has caused you to need assistance. Whatever the issue may be for you, it may have led you to decrease your activity, but you don’t have to give up walking! It is a good form of exercise to keep you active, which is important at any age. You don’t have to lead a sedentary life; you can get around and walk with the help of mobility aids. You may not be able to climb mountains, but you can find the perfect walking path for you.

So how do you know what path is perfect for you? You first need to gauge what your body can handle. Is a leisurely stroll with a completely clear path all you can manage? Or can you do something more rigorous, such as power walking? Another point to keep in mind is your level of fitness. How long can you walk? Will you need to remain close to a point of exit to get back to your vehicle or home quickly? You also need to consider how well you get around with your mobility aids. For some, weather may also be an issue when walking, as cold weather may cause mobility to be even more limited, or heat may make it impossible to safely go for a walk.

Keeping these things in mind will help you find that perfect walking path so you can keep moving. You already know that physical activity is important. Studies on aging have been conducted that show that physical activity can help maintain mobility in older adults and others with mobility issues as well. It doesn’t matter where you live; you can find a path to walk. A few places to find a good walking path include:

  • Parks
  • Malls
  • Lakes with paved trails
  • Your neighborhood

Finding a walking path that works with your mobility and where you can use your mobility aids is not as difficult as you might think. You can also find good sources online that rate walking trails all over the world, such as AllTrails from National Geographic.

Don’t let your age or mobility stop you from leading an active life. You can find a walking path that suits your level of activity and that won’t be hindered by the use of mobility aids.

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