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The Health Benefits of Walking For Seniors

The health benefits of walking regularly have been well-publicised recently through the media and it can especially be considered a valuable fitness tool for older people. Those aged 65 and above are thought to spend, on average, over 10 hours sitting or lying down every day, making this age group the most sedentary of all.


The Health Benefits of Walking For SeniorsPhysical exercise can help the older person to stay healthy and energetic, maintaining independence into old age. Regular walking, in particular, is an effective way to lower blood pressure, stabilise blood sugar, reduce body fat and improve bone density, significantly reducing the risk of age-related health problems such as diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Walking is a valuable tool in improving the condition of the heart and lungs and works the muscles of the lower body where poor circulation may be likely to occur. As it is a weight-bearing exercise, it is likely to increase bone density whilst remaining a low impact exercise, placing less stress on the joints than more vigorous activities.


Aside from the physical benefits of incorporating walking into your lifestyle, there are plenty of psychological advantages of walking. The positive mental stimulus of discovering beautiful scenery or the soothing sounds of the sea provide considerable stress relief.

Combining walking with social interaction, or a mental challenge, such as with a Treasure Trail, promotes strong mental health as well as being a low-cost way to enjoy an afternoon, learning more about the local area as you go – some of the UK’s most fascinating landmarks can only be accessed on foot.

If you do very little activity at present it is advisable to make a number of small changes to help incorporate walking into your daily lifestyle.  Possible ways to do this include:

  • Leaving the car at home and taking a walk to the local shop. Take a comfy rucksack if you have a lot to carry, rather than relying on plastic bags.
  • Offering to take the grandchildren to school every so often. As well as spending quality time with your little ones, encouraging them to walk to school will benefit their routine too.
  • If you need to make a journey that is too far to walk in one go, try getting off the bus or train one or two stops early. It might reduce your fare too!
  • Taking a longer walk once a week and trying to find a new route – you never know what you might find. Or take a friend and visit a nearby town or village, Treasure Trail in hand! Many are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs too – just check the Trail description.

12th September 2012

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Appy Families – Entertaining Smartphone Apps

Treasure Trails Ltd has recently taken steps into the digital world of mobile apps, enhancing the experience of our Trails through the use of modern technology.

The Treasure Trails Player incorporates the use of GPS, QR codes, audio and video effects to appeal to gadget fans and teenage members of the family, as well as those that prefer immediate access to Trails on the go.

Appy Families - Entertaining Smartphone Apps

There are thousands of apps on the market aimed at entertaining the family, that don’t involve sitting in front of the games console! We have taken a glimpse and have come up with our favourites for keeping the whole family amused.

Goldstar Savings Bank

Appy Families - Entertaining Smartphone Apps - Goldstar Savings BankThis educational app for iPad promotes the core financial life skills that will inspire the younger generation to save. Parents can set savings goals for their child for their desired reward, such as that computer game, bicycle or school trip. Children can ‘earn’, save and monitor their progress by completing set tasks, chores and activities – Treasure Trails being one of them!

Bright, colourful and engaging; this is our favourite educational app by far.

£1.99, available on iPad


MyNature Animal Tracks

Appy Families - Entertaining Smartphone Apps - MyNature Animal TracksAnimal tracks can be found all over, and the MyNature Animal Tracks app will identify prints to provide descriptions and illustrations, as well as gait patterns (for the children to mimic, perhaps!), vocal sounds and details about the animal’s life cycle.

This app really encourages children and adults alike to take notice of what is around them, and become closer to nature as a result.

£4.99, available on iPhone and Android.




Appy Families - Entertaining Smartphone Apps - iSeismometer



A simple concept, the iSeismometer is an app that monitors the tiniest of movements and creates a visual report. It is a novelty idea but one that kept us fascinated for ages. Why not use it to step up a game of ‘musical statues’, or get the children to monitor their heartbeat?

We have even heard of a lady that used the app to watch the movements of her unborn baby!

Free, available on iPhone and Android.

17th August 2012

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