Finding your feet
Growing into your later years provides you with a great opportunity: the chance to find and take a suitable form of exercise that keeps you physically fit and mentally strong.
Exercise is emerging as one of the most potent factors influencing health in old age. But doesn’t exercise stress the body, potentially causing more rather than less damage?
Stimulating the cellular maintenance systems to function at a higher level, exercise works, but there is much yet to learn about its full potential. With life expectancy increasing by 5 hours a day, there’s a huge need and opportunity to spend these later years in good health.
As we are living longer, maintaining stamina, strength, flexibility and balance assume a much greater importance. Movement, particularly walking, is beneficial to the health and wellbeing of older people.
So let’s get on our feet!
Forster would love to help people become more self-reliant and resourceful by encouraging them to make the most of what they’ve got. It’s better together. We walk our talk and are prepared to share the work with an organisation to initiate a nationwide Finding Your Feet campaign that brings together key partners who can help older people walk more, by…
– understanding the opportunities of walking
– improving the confidence to revisit walking
– getting access to great places to walk
– having the right kit to support walking.
It’s not surprising that somewhere between our late forties and early fifties, many of us notice that there’s less of a spring in our step, and our feet feel a little tired or painful. We have walked around 75,000 miles by the time we reach 50. Would you drive your car for 75,000 miles without having it regularly serviced? Our feet are our body’s shock absorbers, our tyres, yet we fail to give them the care they deserve. If you start looking after them now, you can avoid many problems in the future.
Find a good podiatrist (they’ll assess state of your feet) and commit to going twice a year. www.feetforlife.org
Older people want to stand on their own feet. So, it makes good sense to look after them. Join Forster in developing a great campaign that gets people taking good care and making fantastic use of their feet.
Walking is the best exercise for your feet. Whether you’re walking for fitness, fun, or just getting from A to B, here’s a bit of inspiration to be going on with…
- the urban walking planner – www.walkit.com
- The next National Trust Walking Festival runs form 27 October -4 November 2012. But visit their site now for great ideas on walks along coast paths, through woodlands and ancient countryside (www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/activities/walking/walking-festival);
- Access the comprehensive guide from Walking Britain – www.walkingbritain.com;
- The Ramblers – lots of good info and suggestions for urban and rural walks, canal paths www.ramblers.org.uk.