Living at East Ridge at Cutler Bay, the only life plan community in Miami-Dade County, means enjoying a casual lifestyle with many exercise options. The easiest is right outside residents’ front doors. Meandering walking paths interconnect the community’s amenities and residences. While some residents opt to use golf carts and bicycles, many choose to walk.
According to an AARP Bulletin, exercise is as good as or in some cases better than prescription drugs for protecting against heart attacks, strokes and prediabetes. Walking several times a week helps memory, blood pressure and diabetes. People are now being encouraged to walk 10,000 steps per day.
Reaching a walking goal of 10,000 steps isn’t difficult at East Ridge. The natural tropical park-like scenery is so beautiful, daily walking is far from routine. Usually, walkers see the strolling peacocks that also make their home at East Ridge.
Because the community is gated and secured, residents are able to walk home from dinner or an activity and feel safe. There is a central perimeter roadway as well as an internal pathway system. East Ridge offers a unique campus with 76 acres and residential buildings are interspersed with expansive green areas and special tropical preserves.
So with the goal to walk 10,000 steps, here are some reasons to reinforce walking:
- Walking is a low impact, effective way to lose weight.
- Walking helps to reduce blood pressure and reduce the risks of heart disease and stroke.
- Walking improves cardiovascular and pulmonary (heart and lung) fitness.
- Walking increases muscle strength, helps create stronger bones, improves balance and increases endurance.
- Walking doesn’t have to be either vigorous or prolonged in order to produce benefits––provided it’s sprinkled throughout your day and consistent, you’ll improve your overall fitness.
- You’re never too old to walk.
East Ridge will be sponsoring a mini-Alzheimer’s walk in August and it will be a perfect opportunity to take a walk around the community and enjoy its tropical beauty.
For information about East Ridge and the upcoming walk, please call 305-256-3564.