Orange Park Medical Center - December 18, 2018
by Sarah Miller, Injury Prevention Coordinator, Trauma Services
Woman exercising with gloves on

The 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that we move more and sit less.

We can do this through balance training, muscle, and aerobic activities. If you choose to exercise outdoors, be mindful of slippery roads and sidewalks due to rain, snow, or ice. Here are some suggestions for being fit this winter season:

  1. Search for arthritis-friendly exercise videos online and follow along in the comfort of your home. An example would be Tai Chi for arthritis which focuses on building strength and balance while reducing joint pain.

  2. If exercising at home isn't your cup of tea, find an exercise class in your local community. It can be easier to stay motivated while exercising with others. Joining a local gym that offers different options for activities is a great way to figure out what you like.

  3. Mall walking is another alternative for exercise outside of your home. You can do this in a group or on your own. The advantage for winter months is that malls are warm, safe, and well-lit.

  4. While you are exercising to stay fit, you also want to prevent injuries. There are several ways to winterize to prevent falls:

    • Raise awareness of your fall risk by talking to your health care provider, reviewing your medications with your pharmacist, getting your vision checked annually, keeping your home free of fall risks, and talking to your family/friends about preventing falls.

    • "Winterize" shoes, boots, and assistive devices for ice and snow.

    • Carry lightweight kitty litter in a zip top bag for walking on slick surfaces.

    • Give the gift of falls prevention by installing fall-proof products such as grab bars in bathrooms, fall alarm systems with motion sensors, higher toilets, and stair railings on both sides of stairways.

If you or someone else is injured, healthcare professionals at Orange Park Medical Center are always available to help you. In an emergency, call 9-1-1.

You can be seen at either of our Emergency Departments, Park West Free-Standing Emergency Department or at our main campus. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact our Trauma Department at (904) 639-2198 or sarah.miller8@hcahealthcare.com.