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STEP 5: SAVOR THE PEACE
Taking your phone along for a walk is fine, but do yourself a favor by turning o; the ringer/vibrate features and
sticking it in your pocket. This is your time and the sights,
sounds, and smells on your route are part of the experience.
Let your mind wander. You might have a new idea or gain
a fresh perspective that will make you feel good.
STEP 6: TAKE A STROLL
The average walking speed for most seniors is about
2. 5 miles per hour, so you should be able to walk a couple
of miles in 60 minutes, with some time to stretch a bit before
and after. But it doesn’t have to be a march or even a
hike to start with. Make it a stroll—a comfortable stride
at an easy pace. You’ll go further and faster later, but
shedding pounds or toning muscles isn’t the point yet.
Your initial goal, believe it or not, is to have fun.
STEP 7: EMBRACE THE ROUTINE
We humans are creatures of habit and we’re more
likely to repeat activities that we actually enjoy. Getting
healthier doesn’t have to be a drudge. Even if you start
with just a couple of hours this weekend, you’re more
likely to expand that time into weekday mornings or
afternoons if you’re adding some pleasure to your life.
Your distance and pace will naturally increase with regularity, along with the benefits to your overall well-being.
Most importantly from the beginning, you might just
start feeling a little better about yourself and that’s the
first real step to a healthier—and happier—lifestyle.
The most requested and available amenity in planned
communities is miles and miles of walking trails through
neighborhoods and natural areas. So when you are visiting,
check out the paths to your healthy lifestyle. G I