Improve circulation, slow your mental decline, walk into the senior center

By Stephanie Watson

The very first form of transportation for our ancestors was very simple – put one foot in front of the other. Yes, walking is a very basic form of transportation. In prehistoric times, humans were limited in travel to how far they could walk or run. We know they walked thousands of miles to new continents to survive and find a new life.

In today’s world, only those who do not have their own transportation or access to public transportation walk; to school, to work, to the store, to the doctor, to church and so on. In today’s industrialized world, walking has been transformed from a way of transportation to an exercise. But that’s not all bad. For many of us, walking is the only meaningful form of exercise we get.

The Arthritis Foundation promotes walking. They have published many articles with thousands of others reciting the benefits of walking. Here are some benefits of walking:

  • Improves circulation
  • Shores up your bones
  • Leads to a longer life
  • Lightens your mood
  • Can lead to weight loss
  • Strengthens muscles
  • Improves sleep
  • Supports your joints
  • Improves your breathing
  • Slows mental decline
  • Lowers Alzheimer’s risk

With spring here and good weather, I encourage you to get out and walk if you can. It will improve your life! And while you are out walking, come visit the Osage County Senior Center and join us in other activities.

Upcoming:

  • Thursday, April 14: Biscuits and gravy 9 a.m.; art and painting 9 a.m.; crafting with Ella 10 a.m.; bus leaves at 12:30 p.m. for a movie and matinee and dinner.
  • Friday, April 15: Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; hearing checks 10 a.m.; foot care.
  • Monday, April 18: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 11 a.m.; abstract art 12 p.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; play pitch and eat 5:15 p.m., pitch begins at 5:45 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 19: Ceramics 9 a.m.; Mexican Train games 1 p.m.; senior commodity boxes available.
  • Wednesday, April 20: Sewing 8 a.m.; armchair exercise 10:30 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.; birthday day dinner at noon.
  • Thursday, April 21: Art and painting 9 a.m.; crafting with Ella 10 a.m.
  • Friday, April 22: Balloon volleyball 9 a.m.; bingo 10 a.m.; yoga 11 a.m.; cribbage 12:15 p.m.

See Osage County Senior Center general transportation bus schedule here.
See Mid America Nutrition Program daily menus here.


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