Physicians, fitness experts and – let’s be honest, the voice of your conscience – all tell you that regular exercise is good for your health. If you can exercise, you should, at the highest level that matches your personal ability (and after consulting with your doctor, of course).
The Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, has published these recommendations for adults, including people in their mid-60’s and beyond:
Some regular physical activity is better than none — and any amount has health benefits.
Do Aerobic Activity
For substantial health benefits, do one of the following:
- 2 hours and 30 minutes each week of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity, such as brisk walking or gardening
- 1 hour and 15 minutes each week of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity
- An equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity
Cooler weather walking
As summer gives way to the (slightly) cooler days and evenings of autumn, it’s good to remember that Daylight Time runs past Halloween – until November 6 – so you’ll have time after work or on a weekend evening to invest in some healthy walks.
The Encino area is blessed with miles of greenways and walking trails. Here’s where to find descriptions, maps and reviews:
Trails.com has a list of Encino-area trails, walks and bike paths
Rails-to-Trails Conservancy, which helps to turn abandoned train tracks into trails and greenways, has advice on favorite trails near Encino.
The blog Nobody Hikes in L.A. has a listing of area trails, sorted by location and degree of challenge.
If you’re looking to hike with other folks, there are many MeetUp groups in the vicinity that focus on hikes and walks