A brisk walk in the crisp fall air, taking in the sights of vibrantly colored foliage and the smells of leaf burning – it’s an experience so pleasant that it doesn’t even seem like exercise! If you’re like many people who have mobility challenges, however, autumn exercise can seem difficult. Today, we’re talking about the importance of regular outdoor exercise and how a mobility aid from Nova can help you enjoy scenic walks, visits to the pumpkin patch, and all that fall has to offer.
The Importance Of Outdoor Exercise
Staying fit and active is essential for both physical and mental health. Studies show that even just 20-30 minutes of light exercise each day can help reduce mental fatigue, improve your cardiovascular health, and release endorphins that naturally boost your mood.
When you exercise outside, you’re also getting a daily dose of Vitamin D. Coupled with calcium, this important mineral improves the strength of your bones and teeth, plus can help improve your skin.
Stability Is Important For Safety
Typical fall activities may be challenging for some people to manage, especially those who have trouble with balance or walking. Using a walker to stroll a gentle nature trail or visit a pumpkin patch may have seemed nearly impossible in the past. However, now, with the wide range of heavy-duty rolling walkers from Nova, you can participate in all the fun, physical activities fall has to offer.
When choosing your walker for outdoor use, stability is the most important thing to look for. Rolling walkers with wider wheels give you more stable support over uneven ground. For example, when walking along a nature trail, a damp pile of leaves could cause one to slip. Or, you could even trip over a stray acorn or fallen stick.
Look for sturdy rolling walkers with plenty of support, like the Traveler series, whose unique three-wheel design provides both maneuverability and support. With dual handbrakes, the walker also helps you stop without straining or falling.
The Heavy Duty Folding Walkers offer more support, with larger wheels and thicker bars, making sit easier for use both indoors and out, over uneven ground. These have a larger weight capacity than many of our other models.
Safety Tips For Using a Walker
There are a few important steps to take to ensure that your walker gives you the stability you need, especially when using it outdoors.
- Stay within the walker. Let the legs and wheels support you so you’re protected when going over uneven ground
- Ensure the walker is at the proper height by adjusting the legs is necessary. If you’re leaning too far over, your center of balance may be off
- Be careful when turning – make sure to turn within the walker so that it can stabilize you as you maneuver
Let’s Get Moving!
Don’t let the sights and smells of fall pass you by this year. Shop a location near you and get a Nova rolling or folding walker today and start enjoying the great outdoors. Visit our online catalog to browse our selection and order yours today!