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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 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








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