"In January 2020, the Board of Directors of the AVA: America's Walking Club, declared the first seven days of April to be "National Walking Week" which would include the traditional "National Walking Day" sponsored by the American Heart Association from 2007 to 2019."
At The Madison Senior Living in Kansas City, MO, we strive to make sure that our residents stay active and healthy to ensure they enjoy their golden years in the best ways possible! Each of our residents has unique interests when it comes to fitness - some enjoy walking outdoors at local parks while others get their workout in at our cardio drumming classes. With that in mind, we adapt our fitness programs according to the tastes of our residents, utilizing both in-house fitness classes and our vendor partnerships to provide a variety of choices for our residents to stay active. Due to our unique resident group, the classes we provide may vary from those of our sister communities so that we are all meeting the needs of our individual residents.
As the Resident Services Director, I motivate my residents to stay active by suggesting activities that are appropriate for the individual. It is very important to have exercise opportunities for individuals with limited mobility as well as for residents who can complete more advanced exercises. Different events are scheduled throughout the week to allow residents choices based on their abilities. I also highly encourage the use of our exercise equipment that is available in the Fitness Centers.
Starting in April, our community will include a Walking Group activity three mornings a week. We will walk a designated indoor or outdoor route, depending on the weather. Throughout the month, we will work our way up from 10 minutes to 30 minutes, per exercise guidelines set by the National Institutes of Health for Senior Adults.
When we think of celebrating National Walking Week, we don't just see a way to stay active. We see an opportunity to interact with those in our communities and meet new friends along the way. In celebration of this week, walkers are encouraged to find the motivation to get active.
Our Walking Group will re-launch during National Walking Week. Those who are unable to ambulate will be encouraged to use the NuStep seated stepper to meet their own goals. Having a Walking Group scheduled on our events calendars is the perfect incentive for residents to “get up and get active.” The plan is to continue the walking club and walking events throughout the year.
If you would like to participate in National Walking Week efforts in your area, visit https://ava.org/national-walking-week/ to find out more!