Top 5 Benefits of Joining Indoor Walking Clubs


Spring and summer provide warm weather, shining sun, and beautiful views when out walking. However, alternative options such as indoor walking tracks and mall walking may become more suitable when it’s raining and a bit cooler outside. Usually done in groups, indoor walking for seniors is not only fun but has many added benefits for retirees, such as:


1. Warmer climate


In a warmer, climate-controlled setting with heating and air conditioning, joining a senior walking club can be easier than facing the elements. In the winter, there will be no need to worry about snow, ice or freezing rain which may make getting out for a walk challenging. As long as you can arrive at your track safely, climate-controlled walking clubs can provide a huge relief for seniors. Also, you can wear the most comfortable clothes rather than work out in bulky layers. 

2. Increased safety and security


Utilizing an indoor track can be safer than walking outdoors. You don’t have to worry about busy streets lined with hurried people and speeding cars when inside. Crosswalks can be especially overwhelming, and even hazardous, for seniors with decreased physical, sensory and cognitive abilities. Indoor options provide a much safer environment for a senior walking club.


Even better, community resources such as malls, gyms, or community centres have staff around from open to close. Whether that be a security guard, fitness professional, or greeter, there is comfort in knowing that you won’t be walking alone. Furthermore, the worry of coming face-to-face with a street crime is significantly reduced. Some retirement residences are even starting to offer their own indoor walking tracks for resident use.

3. Medical response


Having someone around can provide peace of mind in case of an emergency. If an emergency does occur, you’ll be seen immediately by fellow walkers or the building’s staff. 


For those with medical concerns or chronic conditions who choose to participate in a senior walking club year-round, excellent medical response times could be an essential benefit.


For those living with mobility limitations, don’t think these conditions mean you can’t exercise! Walking is just one of the ways you can maintain your health and fitness. Indoor tracks provide a well-maintained, clear path free from nature’s hurdles. Things like broken branches, roots, stones, and other debris can get caught in the wheels of mobility devices, but indoors this won’t be a problem. 

4. Close amenities


Walking outdoors can sometimes be isolating without close access to amenities. For example, say you decide to go for a long walk on a trail outside, but end up running out of water or needing a washroom. With indoor locations, these amenities are usually right around the corner. Malls, for example, always have food and drink selections readily available and a washroom on every level. Moreover, with these conveniences close by, it’s easy to enjoy a coffee or a meal with friends before or after a walk.

5. Social interaction


If you become a regular member of an indoor walking group, you can socialize and make fast friends with other members. You already have a shared interest since you’re doing a shared activity! There are walking groups for older adults that accommodate all people, depending on their pace and ability; it’s all about finding the right one for you. There should be no pressure to move faster or slower, and you should feel comfortable and encouraged by your group. Walking provides a perfect chance to chat and get to know other people within the community. 


Exercise for seniors


In general, it’s recommended that adults over the age of 65 get at least 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic exercise (such as brisk walking) every week, which averages out to about 30 minutes a day on most days. You should also do strength training at least two days a week. However, Balance and flexibility can be worked on daily, according to Walking groups for seniors can be an enjoyable part of their routine.


Staying active at Seasons


Seasons offers many activities and programs that revolve around health, wellness, and socialization for active seniors. Book a personal visit to determine if Seasons is the right fit for you or your loved one. Please consult your doctor for personalized medical advice.


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