Do the benefits of walking apply when using a walker?
Yes! The benefits of walking apply no matter how you walk because it's all physical activity. A few of the benefits of walking include:
- Helps prevent & control diabetes
- Reduces the risk for heart disease
- Helps prevent osteoporosis
- Bolsters immune system
- Helps control weight
- Improves circulation
- Helps breathing
- Combats depression
You can read an article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/nutritionarticles/fit14.htm for more information.
When using a walker, you are also using your upper
body, which means you are working out two major muscle
groups: your arms and legs!
Also, for someone out of shape, walking with a walker
might be considered moderate or even vigorous exercise.
Answered by Jessica Kovarik, RD, LD, Extension Associate, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri Extension
Last update: Thursday, February 05, 2009