Written by Heidi Nestor, Writer and Editor, Life Alert

New medical research seems to come out daily on how seniors can regain a healthy and independent lifestyle. The secret ingredients are the basics that have now been drilled into our heads; eat healthy and exercise. However, it doesn’t take draining your retirement account on a gym membership to become more active, actually, it’s much simpler than that – it only takes putting one foot in front of the other.

Research is adhering to the concept that walking is effective in helping people get into shape, improve cardiovascular fitness, and provide an overall well being about the self. But many times life seems to intercede and prevent us from taking care of ourselves.

Here are some tips to help you get started and stick to a walking program:

  1. Make a walking schedule. If you are consistent with walking every day at a certain time, it will soon become a well-formed habit that will assist and motivate you on the days you don’t want to walk. When you’re too tired to walk, your habit will kick in and coach you into taking a few steps, then a few more. Before you know it, you’re on your routine again and when you get back home, you’ll be proud that you didn’t skip your scheduled walk.
  1. If you find walking so boring that it causes you not to do it, then get a friend to go with you. Conversation can make the trip so much easier.
  1. If walking is boring and none of your friends are available to go with you, then go to your local library and check out a book on tape (or cd). While you’re walking you can be listening to a mystery thriller or a classic that will have you mentally stimulated as your body is being physically stimulated.

Life Alert wants you to be active and as independent as possible, that’s why our medical alert protection can be as mobile as you are. Our 911 mobile phone can get help to you fast and works anywhere in the United States where cellular phones operate.

Life Alert offers protection when away from home because as we all know, “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.”

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