Fall Exercise


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The weather is cooling off, but winter hasn't hit the First Coast yet. There are many activities can take place outdoors as well as indoors. You can take full advantage of the changing temperatures with some simple outdoor exercise.

Hiking is an excellent way to get some exercise and enjoy the great outdoors at the same time. There are many parks that are ideal for both the novice and experienced hiker. Home Instead North and West Jacksonville (HISC) loves for our seniors to have a fun, active lifestyle. Exercise is important for our clients because this can help prevent senior hospitalizations.  Seniors also do well hiking under 6 miles and below 2,000 feet of elevation gain. Hiking can be a great full-body and cardiovascular workout, and it's an excellent social experience for both the client and the caregiver. Home Instead of Orange Park stresses the important of building meaningful relationships with both clients and caregivers. "Engaging in meaningful relationships can help reduce levels of stress and decrease the possibility of health issues like heart disease, diabetes or high blood pressure," says Betsy Miller, owner of Home Instead North and West Jacksonville.

Walking is an activity that anyone can enjoy. Whether it be a longer distance, or a simple stroll around the block. The Mayo Clinic has found that walking can help improve quality of life. One of our HISC services include companionship. This includes promoting an active lifestyle with activities such as walking or jogging outside. If seniors are able to do so, jogging is another great way to exercise while exploring local parks or simply seeing their own neighborhood. It is thought that high-impact exercises put too much strain on seniors, but a study published by the Department of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at California State University found that the opposite was true. Seniors who perform aerobic exercise maintained levels of lean body mass, as opposed to sedentary individuals. Another study conducted by the John Hopkins School of Medicine found that running and jogging did not increase a person's risk for osteoarthritis in the joggers hip and knee joints. As a safe exercise, jogging is a fun way to see your own neighborhood or explore local parks.

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