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Seniors, Take a Walk

The following was submitted by Irene O'Brien of the North Andover Senior Center.

More than 145 million adults now include walking as part of a physically active lifestyle. More than 6 in 10 people walk for transportation or for fun, relaxation, or exercise, or for activities such as walking the dog.

Physical activity helps control weight, but it has other benefits. Physical activity such as walking can help improve health. People who are physically active live longer have a lower risk for heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes and depression.

If you're not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you're afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is generally safe for most people.  

Start slowly. Cardiac events, such as a heart attack, are rare during physical activity. It's important to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity. If you have a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease, talk with your doctor to find out if your condition limits, in any way, your ability to be active. Then, work with your doctor to come up with a physical activity plan that matches your abilities. If your condition stops you from meeting the minimum guidelines, try to do as much as you can. What's important is that you avoid being inactive.

Even 60 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is good for you. Join theCenter , we have our own walking group called the Jimmy Buffet Group, which meets five days a week at 9 a.m. at the Old Town Common.  In the fall we move inside to the Youth Center. Our Keep Moving Program invites you to join them for three upcoming walks to celebrate fitness and to meet other walkers from around the state. Each walk will take place Rain or Shine.

  • Friday, September 14, Cape Cod Canal
  • Thursday, September 20, Hopkington State Park
  • Tuesday, September 25, Bradley Palmer State Park.

Please sign up at reception for one or all three,  the van will leave theCenter, at 8:30 a.m. for all trips.  There is no charge for transportation.  There are picnic tables at each of the walk sites, so bring a picnic lunch to enjoy following the walk.  Minimum of 8 for trip to run.

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