On a recent trip to a very inspirational Vancouver BC and Squamish, we hiked 4-8 miles a day on the most beautiful trails. Our 72-YO friend Jim took us out everyday to places he knew well. We walked all morning, ate lunch, and then took another trail in the afternoon. The best thing about this trip was we never knew how long—or how far—we were going to go because Jim would say “oh it’s about a mile” every time. And by the end, we knew what that meant; it could be any amount! It didn’t matter, though, because it was beautiful, and we could breathe, and we were STRONG.
I swam 1/2 mile a day preparing for this trip. Doing any kind of walking or hiking gets you outside, and keeps you fit and strong. It doesn’t have to be a gym routine or swimming laps. Walking is the easiest way to get moving and build strength.
Find nature trails where you live. Bird trails are usually the best places to walk or hike.