Walking is the easiest, cheapest and most accessible form of exercise for most people. It is easy to start, easy to maintain, and easy to adapt as abilities and circumstances change. Walking can keep people connected to their local communities, combating loneliness and isolation and helping keep older people independent and flourishing.
We know that older people are as diverse as the population as a whole, and it is hard to generalise about what will help or suit everyone over 60. Small steps offers a range of ideas, resources and examples of success for people to pick from to suit their circumstances.
We look at some of the common experiences of older age, such as the lifestyle changes of retirement, and ways to adopt and adapt walking habits to address some of the health challenges that might come with getting older.
There are also resources for friends and family who want to support someone with starting or maintaining a walking habit, and for people who work with older people who want to make places walking-friendly.
For older people who are concerned about losing mobility, or feeling less secure about walking.
For older people who want to build walking into their everyday routines, or who have lost the walking habit.
For older people who would like to start walking with a group, or encourage others to take up a walking habit.