Though seniors need regular physical activity no matter where the exercise takes place, doing so outside offers additional benefits like fresh air and sunshine. In Fort Myers, there are many spots where your aging loved one can get some outdoor exercise, and the Fort Myers, FL, senior care experts at Home Care Assistance have compiled a list of 5 places he or she may want to look into.
1. John Yarbrough Linear Park
Located from Six Mile Cypress to Crystal Drive, this multi-use paved trail is the perfect spot for seniors to go for walks. While walking, your loved one can enjoy the breathtaking scenery, wildlife, and birds. If your loved one gets tired, he or she can rest at the pavilions and benches placed along the trail. There are also many well-shaded areas where your loved one can walk, located on the southernmost section of the trail.
2. Alliance for the Arts
The Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Boulevard is a 10-acre campus that offers a free outdoor yoga class below the shaded trees every Saturday from 9:30am to 10:30am during the Green Market. This class is suitable for seniors of all fitness levels. Your loved one should bring water, sunscreen, and a yoga mat to each class.
3. Lakes Regional Park
Located at 7330 Gladiolus Drive, this park has exquisite fragrant gardens that your loved one can stroll through and approximately 2.5 miles of paved or natural paths where he or she can also go for a walk. In addition, this park offers outdoor fitness equipment your loved one can use to do a low-impact workout that can boost his or her cardiovascular health.
4. San Carlos Community Pool
Located at 8208 Sanibel Boulevard, this outdoor pool is a wonderful place for seniors to casually swim or do water exercises to relieve their pain and increase their flexibility. In the fall and winter, the pool offers a Water Walking class, which is ideal for seniors who have physical limitations, on Wednesdays and Fridays at 11:30am. Your loved one will need to register to attend this class.
5. Schandler Hall Community Park
This picturesque park at 419 Royal Palm Park Road features lighted tennis courts where your loved one can play an exciting game of single or doubles tennis. For seniors who like to walk or jog, there are easy walking trails throughout the park for them to enjoy. This park also provides a shelter where your loved one can take a break, relax, and cool down in the shade.
Exercising, whether it takes place in or outside of the home, is crucial for seniors. If your loved one needs help maintaining a regular exercise routine, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our dedicated caregivers can assist with mobility and physical activity, provide transportation, and help with various tasks around the house. For more information on the live-in and respite home care Fort Myers, FL, seniors rely on, call 239.449.4701 today.