Senior citizens often lead sedentary lifestyles, which could worsen their pre-existing conditions and states. Remaining inactive can make your bones weaker, stifle your immune responses, affect your metabolism, and cause your muscles to lose strength. Inventions like walking canes or sticks can offer seniors (literal) support in getting back to an active lifestyle.
Some of the biggest benefits of walking sticks include:
Building Upper-Body Strength
Walking with a cane can help you build upper body strength in a way that is gentle on your joints. Instead of putting all your weight on your knees or hips, you get to work out your upper body. This also helps you tone your shoulders and arms.
Balancing Blood Sugar
Walking helps facilitate blood flow, while also balancing your blood sugar levels. It also ensures that your body’s insulin is working at its optimal levels. This makes it ideal for seniors who suffer from diabetes.
Whenever you walk with a pole, you tighten the muscles in your upper back. This helps you significantly improve your posture, and also your balance and stability. It is great for seniors who want to reduce their fall risk.
Walking sticks are simple tools for seniors who want to start becoming more active and confident in their gait. Once you get one of your own and start going for a stroll, you will notice the difference in your physical and mental health.
Check out Senior Strong for more tips on leading an active lifestyle as an older adult!
William Rivers is an editor with a master’s degree in Human Services Counseling at Maine State University. He has more than 20 years of experience working in the senior healthcare industry.