What’s the Best Time of Day to Walk for Senior Lifestyle Exercise and Fitness?
At Grace Pointe Living, we focus on making sure our residents are happy and healthy and enjoying life to the fullest. Maintenance-free living, social activities, and private homes create a lifestyle that seniors enjoy and make for a community where they can flourish. Senior lifestyle exercise is an important part of our active adult living community focus.
We encourage our Grace Pointe Living family to enjoy new friends, new fun and especially physical activity. Life is better when you are able to get up and enjoy your life without holding back because you fear mobility issues. At Grace Pointe Living, we have wonderful walking trails and indoor fitness equipment for you when those Oklahoma days are a bit too windy for a walk. Speaking of walking, we highly encourage our Grace Pointe Family to start a healthy habit like walking.
If you are interested in leveraging the walking trails, fitness gym, and our community activities to enhance Senior lifestyle exercise opportunities, then you’ll want to do some research on what time of day is best for walking and exercise.
When you are planning out your walking routine, you might wonder if there is the best time of day to take a walk.
From a calories-burned point of view, there isn’t one time of day better than the other to walk. However, there are more considerations than burning calories that may influence when you walk; some bodily functions, and especially the habit of walking, respond better based on the time of day you walk.
The time of day for walks that are best for Senior lifestyle exercise is broken down into four periods throughout the day:
• Morning Walks
• Noon Walks
• Afternoon Walks
• Evening Walks
A morning walk has several advantages, such as sharpening your mental acuity and revving up your metabolism that will carry through for the rest of the day. So while you don’t burn any more calories by exercising in the morning, you will end up burning more throughout the day by going for morning walks.
The healthy lifestyle improvements that you could experience include improvement in your blood pressure, walking your dog with you, positive mental health and mood boost, walking to improve balance and prevent falls, avoiding some issues of heart disease, and feeling good about establishing a healthy daily routine for yourself.
A Noon walk, usually done at work, exercising during your lunch break before eating the healthy lunch you brought from home, reduces stress, curbs hunger and improves blood flow so you can maintain your sharpness throughout the afternoon. If you’re retired at Grace Pointe, then you probably won’t find this time period a problem to work into your daily activities.
Studies have shown that exercising between 3 pm and 7 pm is the best time to build endurance and muscle. Increasing your endurance not only allows you to walk farther but faster before you’ll get tired.
Building muscle gives your body better definition, tones the muscles you already have along with increasing their size. Larger muscles mean more calories burned per day, but don’t worry, you won’t build enough to give you that bulked look.
The only conflict you might find is that Grace Pointe has many of our social events occurring during this time period. Check with our Social Director to make sure you won’t miss the chance for a great afternoon walk and participating in our wonderful community activities.
Exercising in the evening is a good way to reduce stress from a day of work. This time of day can be easier for some people as their muscles are already warm and flexible from the day’s activities. For many people, this perceived reduction of effort required makes exercising more enjoyable than during other times of the day.
A big advantage to evening walking is being able to stop by our clubhouse before or after and still participate in social fun. Sunsets are also wonderful at Grace Pointe Living.
Some people end up not exercising because they can’t find a 30-minute block of time each day to devote to it. However walking time is cumulative – for example, you get the same benefits from walking 10 minutes three times per day as you do once for 30 minutes. So if “chunking” works better for you, then walk according to that plan.
Experts agree that it isn’t the time of day you exercise that is important, but to do it when it best fits into your schedule. As with all senior lifestyle exercise plans, consistency counts, so if you can find a time of day when you can routinely walk, you’ll start to see results sooner and derive more benefits from walking.
Thinking that walking could be a great exercise and pastime for you here at Grace Pointe Living? Come by our clubhouse, visit with our staff and get familiar with our walking trails here at Grace Pointe Living. We provide the facilities and trails to make cardio walking activity a part of your daily health plan, now it’s just up to you to make it happen!