The Walking4Life program was developed by Ronald after noting the high level of elderly persons with a sedentary lifestyle. After conducting extensive research and polling the potential users of such a program, it became apparent that the main reason cited for the lack of walking was - safety on the streets, uneven public surfaces and hence the fear of falling, weather, lack of seating for resting, lack of public conveniances. This led to the development of the Walking4Life program.
Participants walk a set route which has been mapped out, taking into account the above concerns. Each participant makes use of a pedometer and records their walks; aiming for a 30minute walk each day. this 30 minute can be broken down into 3 x 10minute walks depending on the participants fitness level. At the end of each month, the participant turns in their record sheet and the results are mapped out personally for them in graph form showing their performance against their goals.
The benefits of the Walking4Life Program is that you carry your own body weight when you walk. This is known as weight-bearing exercise. It can improve your health and wellbeing in many ways, and it can help you to live independently for longer.
Some of the benefits for the elderly include:
Being able to walk without help is one of the strongest indicators of whether someone can live independently. Older people who exercise regularly are more likely to walk without assistance and do things for themselves around the house.
Read the case study of the first allweather walking program in England. Gym In Motion and The Hawthorns Braintree worked together to decrease the sedentary lifestyle of their residents, which lead to astonishing results. Over the months of use, each particpant have either increased or maintained their previous months activity level, resulting in a number of particpants walking in excess of 100 miles per month. The participant retention rate has been remarkable.