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Finding the Humor in Hospice


Isn’t one of the best things to do in life to laugh at ourselves? If we have no sense of humor, then who are we? Although we in no way are claiming that hospice care is anything to joke Read more

Animal Therapy Benefits for Hospice Care


We have heard of therapy puppies and cats but never a therapy duck! Meet Webster, the mallard duck that wandered into Johnston’s WesleyLife as the new pet therapy volunteer. What is so interesting about Webster is that you can Read more

Home Health Care to be Revolutionized with Smartwatch Technology


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Home Health Care to Get "Uberized" in the Future: What Does This Mean?


Improvements in technology seem to be bettering the quality of everything in life these days when it comes to convenience and control. In an attempt to “uberize” the healthcare system, well-known company Axxess, intends on appealing to the convenience Read more

Finding the Humor in Hospice

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Isn’t one of the best things to do in life to laugh at ourselves? If we have no sense of humor, then who are we? Although we in no way are claiming that hospice care is anything to joke about, of course, one man and his good friend decided to poke fun at the home health care system and inevitabilities of death in a playful way.

93-year-old Harry Azoff, accompanied by his hospice volunteer, Morgan Thompson, set out to lift some light into the subject of aging and hospice with their “Hospice-tality” play addressing Azoff’s “impending death.” Only 30 minutes long, the play plucked at the heartstrings of Azoff’s family and friends telling stories of his life with musical hints tied in done by his favorite music therapist, Molly Hicks. Even plays on words of the ever-famous and dreaded Grim Reaper were well-received by his hospice friends. “Have you ever seen cartoon drawings of the Grim Reaper? How can anyone take that guy seriously,” his character asks in the short play. And, we have to agree, the whole manifestation of death carrying a massive scythe is a little over-the-top now that we think about it.

Finding the Humor in Hospice

Besides living a very full life, Azoff has miraculously outlived his doctors’ estimates after being diagnosed with kidney disease; maybe it’s all of the humor circulating in his veins. Although neither Azoff nor Thompson has any professional playwriting or singing experience, the two made ballads until the cows came home and enjoyed every minute of it. To make the story even more heartfelt, as if it could be, Thompson is blind in one eye and has impaired vision in the other making it almost impossible for her to even see Azoff. “Maybe I can’t see people’s physical bodies as well, but I can see their souls better,” she said. “Harry has a beautiful, beautiful spirit inside of him,” she told the Herald.

Creating joke-upon-joke of various hospice visits between himself and Thompson, they poked fun at the typical jargon spoken between patient-and-professional like “Are you having any pain issues since I saw you last?” To which Azoff would respond with “Not unless you count existential pain.” Although the two are very aware that Azoff’s time is coming to a close like their curtain eventually had to, Thompson stated to the Herald Tribune that she finds peace helping Azoff share his story. And, what a beautiful story it is.

Phoenix home health care professionals can help you with more advice or questions you may have. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


Animal Therapy Benefits for Hospice Care

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We have heard of therapy puppies and cats but never a therapy duck! Meet Webster, the mallard duck that wandered into Johnston’s WesleyLife as the new pet therapy volunteer. What is so interesting about Webster is that you can actually pet him! He even goes up on patient’s laps!

Webster is no ordinary duck though, and the best part about him is that he brings joys to different patients in many different ways. Based on the patient’s condition and their upbringing, Webster can reinvoke childhood memories for those that grew up in rural areas or connect to people that have never even socialized with ducks before. His low temperament and friendly demeanor definitely make him an ideal suitor for this particular business.

Animal Therapy Benefits for Hospice Care

Now, we know that patients that receive visitors and family socialization time seem to do better and sustain life longer than those that don’t, but have you ever actually read up on what animals can do for us? According to Huffington Post, “studies have shown that animal-assisted therapy can offer immediate physiological and psychological benefits, including lowering blood pressure, stress and anxiety in many patient populations, including those in hospice, the elderly, and those with behavioral health issues.” Sometimes we just need that non-judgmental, unconditional loving that we feel we cannot receive from the human race and animals are just the ones to do it.   

For those that don’t have the capacity to take care of and love for animals on their own, this type of situation with Webster is the perfect solution because they can get the quality time they want without the responsibility. It is quite a common thing to see that Hospice Care and health facilities have an animal companion or sponsor to lift the spirits of their patients through some good old fashioned pet therapy.

Here is a sweet video clip of the wonderful Webster for all of you to enjoy!

View Video: Therapy duck waddles into the hearts of Iowa hospice patients

Phoenix home health care professionals can help you with more advice or questions you may have. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


Alzheimer’s Patients Find Way Around Memory Loss Through Babysitting

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There may just be hope for those that suffer from the gradual effects of Alzheimer’s and we have babies to thank for it. A new study in Australia has revealed that “spending a moderate amount of time caring for grandkids may prevent Alzheimer’s Disease by increasing brain function and memory.” Utilizing the pieces of the brain that have been “out of order,” Australian grandparents Mary and Patrick revealed that they were forced to “reach back into the recesses of their memories of what it was like to calm and soothe a baby.” Just as we use different pieces of the brain to access various ligaments, motions, actions and thoughts, having to retain the memory of how to properly care for a child allows Alzheimer’s victims to retrace their once unknown steps.

Everyone knows there are several different ways to attempt to soothe a crying or upset child, such as swinging them from side-to-side, rocking them gently, singing a lullaby, and more. And just like Mary and Patrick, that had not needed this information since raising their own children, their grandbaby brought the hope for all memory lost back to life. As the couple grew older, they found less and less interaction with other stimulating human beings to be a part of their life. According to Dr. Kerwin, chief of geriatrics at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and found of Texas Alzheimer’s and Memory Disorders, “one of the best things you can do as you get older is to maintain those interactions with other human beings.” Due to the lack of this we become, for lack of a better word, rusty.

Teaching an infant that is unable to develop speaking abilities yet is also another benefit for these innocent victims. Ironically after their speaking their whole lives, some lose the ability to create words as a result of severe Alzheimer’s; in this sense, the baby is almost forcing them to remember to speak once again. Accessing certain parts of the brain that aide and function entirely for speech development allows to the brain to retrain both the mental and physical processing of words.

Another reason that this is proving to be a life changer for Alzheimer’s patients is due to required physical activity when taking care of an infant. Considering these individuals have lacked the need for physical interaction due to their memory loss, it is a great, organic jumpstart for their physical muscle memory as well. As the age of the child increases, the physical movement required will increase as well which is why it is so great for grandparents to take care of their toddler grandchildren that run around the park, love to walk and run and play all day.

Taking their “doctrine” ever further than their own backyard, the couple has created a community group within their own neighborhood with friends that have seemed to lose their way as well. Even Texas Health, where Dr. Kerwin resides, teaches a Grandparents 101 course to keep the elderly updated on CPR techniques and certification, safety rules and how to properly childproof their homes.

Phoenix home health care professionals can help you with more advice or questions you may have. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


The Benefits of Exercise and an Active Lifestyle

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May is National Sports and Physical Fitness month. Now is a great time to spread awareness of the many benefits provided by engaging in an active lifestyle. Many Americans don’t get enough exercise in their day to day lives. An active lifestyle can improve your mood, promote social interaction and even increase the longevity of your life. If you are someone who is not getting enough physical activity, here are a few reasons why now is great time to make some positive changes in your life.

Make Small Changes

Don’t set yourself up for failure when starting to make changes to your lifestyle. It’s not always easy to break out of comfort zones. Set small goals first, and make small accomplishments. Encourage family and friends to join in your physical activity, like taking a walk together or going for a bike ride. Getting active is a great way to build lasting friendships and build a sense of community. Communities can work together to create opportunities for everyone to be lead a more active lifestyle.

Improved Heart Health

Heart disease and stroke are leading causes of death in the United States. However, just two and half hours per week of moderate aerobic workout can improve you heart’s health and lower your risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke. Maintaining a regular active lifestyle can also improve your blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Improved Mood and Mental Health

Regular physical activity can reduce the risk of depression. It can also help keep your cognition skills sharp as you age. Sharper motor skills can reduce the risk for falls and injuries. An active lifestyle can help boost endorphin production in the brain, resulting in a happier mood. An active lifestyle can even help you sleep better naturally as well.

Control your Weight

Scientific evidence shows that physical activity can help manage weight gain over time. The exact amount of physical activity varies from person to person. However, an average of 150 minutes per week of moderate aerobic exercise and a healthy balanced diet is a great recipe to manage caloric intake and manage your weight.

There are many health benefits of exercise, and even more creative ways to engage in some form of physical activity. Even for individuals who are home bound or have physical limitations, Phoenix home health care professionals provide a variety of in home physical therapy and training. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


7 Ways Gardening Can Extend Your Life

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In honor of April being National Garden Month, and this beautiful spring weather, we’d like to share some of the amazing health benefits gardening can bring into your life. Gardening is so healthy that it could, in fact, add years your life. Here are some of our favorite health benefits one can gain from the healthy hobby of gardening.

Improves Brain Health and Reduces Alzheimer’s Risk

A study conducted on the long-term effects of gardening on the brain found that daily gardening was the single most effective activity in reducing the prevalence of dementia by 36-47%. This is likely due to the various health benefits the act of gardening brings, such as increased strength, endurance, learning, dexterity, sensory function and problem solving skills.

Improves Self-Esteem and Lowers Stress

There was a Dutch study conducted that showed the cortisol (stress hormone) levels of those who gardened for 30 minutes, vs. those who read for 30 minutes. The study found that those who gardened for 30 minutes had much lower cortisol levels, and much higher self-esteem levels than those who read.

Reduces Risk for Stroke and Increases Heart Health

A study conducted in Stockholm found that regular gardening reduced the risk for stroke in those over the age of 60 by 30%. For those who may have physical difficulties or need home health care, bending or leaning over to garden may present some problems. This is an easy fix through incorporating raised garden beds. It is also a healthy idea to expose your skin to the sun without sunscreen for 10-15 minutes per day in order to absorb your daily dose of Vitamin D. This is another factor in reducing heart disease and other issues associated with heart health. It’s also best to conduct gardening sessions in smaller time segments than doing it all at once, as sitting is another cause for poor heart health.

Reduced Depression Symptoms and Improved Mental Health

There are a variety of factors associated with gardening that can help stimulate one’s mental health. These factors include physical activity, sunlight, being surrounded by nature, the satisfaction one gets from a job well done, and the cognitive stimulation it provides. For the best mental health benefits associated with gardening, keep a garden that has a balanced mix of plants to nourish all of the senses, such as food-producing plants, flowers for visual appeal and nicely scented plants.

Regulates the Immune System

The immune system is elevated due to the Vitamin D absorption gardening brings. It is also boosted when one decides to forego the gardening gloves, and get their hands dirty. Gardening dirt contains nutrient bacteria or “Mycobacterium vaccae”. This bacterium has shown to improve common symptoms of a weak immune system, such as asthma, allergies and psoriasis.

Better Nutrition

There’s nothing healthier than growing your own vegetables. So long as you use healthy soil, lay off the pesticides, and eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables from your garden when they are ripe, you will be greatly increasing your health on numerous levels. It’s also a cost-effective solution to purchasing expensive organic produce at your local store, farmer’s market, or co-op.

Being Surrounded by Green Plants Adds Years to Your Life

It’s no secret that being surrounded by nature and green spaces can benefit our physical and mental health.  A couple of studies conducted by the CDC and Michigan State University found that small increases of 10% in green space surrounding a person’s location of home could increase their life by a number of years.

This just goes to show how important gardening and being outdoors in nature is for our well-being. If you’d like more information on health care in Phoenix, finding a caregiver to assist you in gardening, or getting more active outdoors, we are here for you.  For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


Why Fall Prevention is So Important

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February is National Senior Independence Month, and while many are doing their part in promoting healthy living, caregiving and exercise, it is equally important to stress the risk of falls, and to join in promoting fall prevention this month. According to the CDC, one out of every three adults age 65 and over falls each year. Falling is also the leading cause of accident related deaths for this age group. This makes falling one of the single highest threats to the independence of seniors. It is for this reason that we are going to dedicate an entire blog post to the topic of fall prevention this month; in spreading awareness, and helping prevent accidents, while promoting senior independence.

Important Statistics

According to the CDC, falling is a serious and costly issue facing those 65 and older, and their website has listed the following shocking statistics:

  • 1 of 5 falls causes a serious injury–broken bones or a head injury.
  • Over 300,000 seniors are hospitalized annually for hip fractures.
  • Nearly 3 million seniors are treated in the ER for injuries resulting from a fall.
  • Over 800,000 seniors are hospitalized yearly for fall injuries. Hip fractures and head injuries are the most common.
  • Over 95% of hip fractures are caused from falling, and usually onto one’s side.
  • The most common cause for traumatic brain injuries is falling.
  • The annual cost incurred from fall injuries is $31 billion. 2/3 of this results from hospital costs.

After a Fall

After a person falls, they are likely to suffer from broken bones. Common breaks from falling include wrists, arms, hips and ankles. They may also suffer a head injury. Head injuries can be serious, and medications such as blood thinners can make them even more dangerous. If a senior has hit their head, they should see a doctor immediately to rule out brain injury. Even if the senior has fallen and was lucky enough to escape serious injury, a fall can have debilitating mental effects that could cause the person to become fearful of falling again. This is likely to interfere with their normal daily routines, and cause them to become less active. Being less active is only going to increase their risk of a future fall more in the long run, so a good therapist may be essential after a loved one has experienced a fall.

Risk Factors

The Center for Disease Control has identified the following factors for increased risk of falling. Most falls are the result of a combination of risk factors, and the more factors someone has, the higher their risk of experiencing a fall.

  • Vitamin D deficiency
  • Weak lower body
  • Troubles walking or balancing
  • Foot pain, or poorly made footwear
  • Medications that affect one’s balance (over-the-counter or prescription)
  • Home hazards
    • Uneven or broken steps
    • Lack of handrails next to stairs or in the bathroom
    • Throw rugs or clutter that one may trip over

Fall Prevention

The best way to help your loved one to prevent a fall is to evaluate their risk first in their home, and second with their medical doctor. You may want to ask a Phoenix home health care professional to evaluate your loved one’s home. You may even want to hire a Phoenix home care provider to visit the home of your loved one on a regular basis to clean, or assist them during daily tasks that open them up to greater risk for falling. Your doctor can help you find ways to reduce fall risk around the home, and you may want to review the medications your loved one is taking, and add a vitamin D supplement into their daily diet. The biggest factor in reducing the risk of falling is exercise. Tai Chi is great for helping increase lower body strength and balance.

For more information on preventing falls, our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.

 


February is National Senior Independence Month

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February is a month that is dedicated to celebrating senior independence, and putting a bit of extra time into promoting and assisting a senior in your life in any way that helps with their independence in staying at home, while receiving the care that they need. As caregivers and Phoenix home health care professionals, we are extra excited about February, and have a variety of suggestions for ways that you can join in and promote senior independence this month as well.

If you have a special senior in your life that you would like to see stay in their home, and out of hospice care, it would be a good idea to take an assessment of their needs. A needs assessment can help you to better understand the daily struggles your loved one faces, and also where they might have needs for greater health and safety in their normal routines. If you’re unsure of how to conduct a thorough needs assessment, contact your local Phoenix home care professionals, and they can send someone to the home of your special senior to conduct a needs assessment and consultation for free.

There are likely to be a variety of medical and non-medical services required in the home of your loved one, and deciding whether to help with some of these tasks, or to hire a caregiver is going to be your next decision. You may even want to split up some of the tasks between yourself and family members, while adding the help of a professional caregiver. Things like grocery shopping, laundry, cooking, cleaning the home, and administering meds may sound like reasonable tasks that you can handle, while the more medical needs will require the help of a medical caregiver. There are also a variety of non-medical needs your loved one may have, such as having someone there to help them dress each day and to bathe, that you may want to hire a caregiver to help with.

Another great way to help promote independence in seniors this month is to help promote a decent amount of exercise into their daily routines. This is something you will want to discuss with your loved one’s doctor first, to ensure they aren’t over exerting themselves, or bringing extra risk to a health condition. Any amount of consistent exercise has been found to be the single most important factor for those over 65 in promoting independence, longevity and reducing the risk of falls. Falling is one of the most prevalent risk factors for seniors, and is the biggest cause of injury death for this age group.

National Senior Independence Month will be more effective the more it is acknowledged and observed, so spreading the word is another great way to help promote awareness. A great way to spread awareness is by asking your municipal government to declare February as Senior Independence Month in your city or town. Here is a great example of a proclamation that you may use to spread the word to your local community.

Every bit of help in spreading awareness about Senior Independence Month is certainly appreciated. And for those of you who do not have a special senior in your life, but would like to help in promoting senior independence in your community, look no further than your local YMCA. They offer a SilverSneakers Fitness Program for those 65 and older, and you can get involved by volunteering, and helping facilitate senior fitness in any way that you can. If you would like more information on National Senior Independence Month, or our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.

 


5 New Year’s Resolutions for Better Health

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Now that 2017 is in full swing, there’s likely a list of resolutions you’ve made to help make 2017 the best year yet. Perhaps you’re already working away at your list of changes you’d like to make, or maybe you’ve only looked at it, and haven’t started on it yet. Either situation is fine, as starting slow with an intention is the best way to implement long-term change this year. For those of you who have resolutions surrounding bettering or maintaining your health, here are 5 resolutions that will give you the health boost you need, and the motivation to start working away at the rest of your list.

Get 15-20 Minutes of Direct Sun Per Day

In order for our bodies to absorb enough of the vitamin D we need, a nice dose of 15-20 minutes (depending on your skin’s pigment type) of direct sun exposure at the height of UV exposure in the afternoon (without sunscreen) is needed. If you’re going to be out any longer, put on some sunscreen after the first 15 minutes, as it blocks the absorption of vitamin D. There are other ways to get vitamin D from foods, but this is the fastest, easiest way. It is also a great way to combat certain medical problems that may present in the future. This is especially important for females, as 50% are not getting enough vitamin D.

Make Sure You’re Getting Enough Sleep

Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body and mind. Sure, we don’t want to oversleep and hibernate all day, but we should be getting 7-9 hours of sleep per day. When this is lacking, a sleep deficit can build up, and negative health issues may become present. Sleep research scientists have found that women need a bit more sleep than males, by about 20 minutes.

Exercise for 20 Minutes Per Day

Cardiovascular health drastically improves if we are exercising to increase our heart rate for at least 20 minutes per day. A 20-minute walk per day is powerful enough to save 37,000 lives per year, and ward off several health issues. If you’re looking to get into greater shape in 20 per minutes a day, try interval training; elevating your heart rate to 90% capacity for one minute, then cooling down for another minute, and repeating 10 times. For optimal cardio workout results without intervals, try going for 30 straight minutes per day.

Drink One Green Smoothie Per Day

Replacing one meal or snack per day with a green smoothie is a great way to get your daily dose of fruits, vegetables, and essential nutrients in a delicious drink that you can take with you on the go when you’re pressed for time. Depending on what you like, try blending in fresh or frozen organic berries, bananas, kale, or spinach (any leafy green) and either fresh-squeezed fruit juice, or almond milk. You can add extra anti-oxidants to your drink with chia seeds, acai berries, wheatgrass, turmeric root, ginger and more. Some even like to add a bit of avocado, avocado oil or flaxseed oil for Omega-3. Local organic honey is also great for those with allergies, and fresh coconut, in moderation, gives a great health boost. It may not sound as delicious as it is, but the berries completely overpower the taste of the vegetables. For those of you with nut allergies, soy milk, coconut water, or vegetable juice may be used as a healthy and delicious substitute. If this sounds like too much work, we’d be happy to send over one of our Phoenix home health care providers to assist. They can not only make the smoothies for you, but also go to the grocery store for the supplies, and even assist with the other resolutions listed above.

Practice Mindfulness: Indulging in a Hobby You Enjoy

The act of mindfulness is a powerful tool in grounding and centering when you are feeling overwhelmed, or just not feeling motivated to make the powerful changes you’ve set out to achieve in 2017. Take a few minutes per day to ground yourself, state an intention for the day, and indulge in a bit of you time–no matter how much time you have. Whatever it is that you enjoy, allow yourself a defined amount of time to focus solely on this without any distractions or guilt. This could be painting, playing a game, making crafts, watching a favorite show, spending time in nature, participating in a sport, knitting, writing, reading, playing with your pets or children, or chatting on the phone with a friend. Whatever it is that you set out to do for yourself each day, be sure to schedule it in as a priority for you, as you would anything else. You owe it to yourself to do something each day that brings you joy and helps you stay present–in the here and now. If you’re having difficulty doing things you once could, a Phoenix home care provider is available to come to your home and help, even if companionship is all you’re seeking.

You owe it to yourself to indulge in the 5 following activities. They do not have to take up too much time each day, may be multitasked together into just a few activities, and you never have to do them alone if you’re unable or unwilling to. We are here for you. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call (602) 396-5742 or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you.


10 Things that Burn 500+ Calories

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Summer may be over, and while cooler days allow for big comfy sweaters, we shouldn’t throw away our exercise routines–especially with the holidays around the corner. Since it requires the burning of 3500 calories to lose one pound, a healthy goal is to burn 500 extra calories per day. This may sound like a lot of hard work, but it doesn’t have to be. Not if you choose activities you truly enjoy, and work them into your daily routine. Here’s a list of 10 activities which burn 500 calories, and are easy to fit into anyone’s daily routine.

(Keep in mind that the more a person weights, the more calories these activities will burn. The following are calculated for women weighting 135 lb.)

Shoveling Snow

While this may not sound like a fun past-time, it is certainly a necessity in areas that experience winter snowfall. Shoveling snow is a great way to maintain your home, and burn 500 calories if you do it for 80 minutes.

Surfing

For those of you lucky enough to experience warm weather year-round, or tolerable weather to surf in a wet suit, grab a surf board and catch some waves. One hour of this activity will burn your 500 calories for the day and leave you feeling cleansed and refreshed.

Running

This is one of the fastest ways to burn 500 calories, as it only takes 30 minutes. Running may not be for everyone, so if this isn’t your thing, don’t do it. You may also opt for jogging instead, which takes 60 minutes. The important thing is that you find an activity that you enjoy.

Cycling

Those who don’t like to run may prefer cycling instead. You may decide to take your bike out for a nice ride, or take a high intensity spinning class. Spinning classes can burn you over 700 calories in 45 minutes to an hour, while a bike ride can burn you anywhere from 250 to nearly 800 calories in an hour.

Dancing

If dancing is a passion of yours, it may not even feel like you’re exercising. Depending upon the style of dance you choose, you could burn 200-800 calories per hour. Slow dancing is on the lower end, while intricate, fast-paced dancing is on the higher end. To burn 500 calories, crank up your favorite dance tunes, and cut a rug.

Aerobics

This can be a fun and energizing way to burn calories. The duration of time needed to burn 500 calories depends upon the type of aerobics you choose. Step aerobics only takes approx. 50 minutes, while something less intense like water aerobics takes about two hours.

Horseback Riding

If you love horses, this is another activity that will not feel like working out. Take your horse out for a ride for two hours, and you’ve burned your calories for the day.

Tennis & Volleyball

These sports can be a lot of fun, and take roughly one hour to burn 500 calories. They also require multiple people, so they can be a lot of fun to do with friends, and may not feel like a workout. It also helps motivation to have friends to make plans with.

Hiking or Rock Climbing

Outdoor enthusiasts will love these. Hiking can take about 2 hours to burn 500 calories, while rock climbing takes about an hour.

If any of these activities sound exhausting to do for an hour or longer at a time, try breaking them up into 20-30 segments throughout the day. Also, before beginning any new exercise, be sure to consult your doctor, or a Phoenix home health care provider. If you’d like some extra motivation or assistance, our non-medical service caregivers in Phoenix can provide home care. Give us a call today, or fill out our contact form.


Five Reasons to Take a Daily Walk This Fall

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In recent years, a great deal of scientific research has focused on the benefits of walking and how it can be highly advantageous to your health and well-being. There are lots of reasons why you should get up off your chair, and get outside to enjoy the crisp autumn air, while you take a stroll around the neighborhood. Some of those reasons are listed below.

Sitting is bad for you

The very first reason to consider about why you should take a walk this fall is because of what might happen if you don’t. Scientific research has uncovered a whole slew of health issues that result from sitting all day and being largely sedentary, including all sorts of problems with your legs, feet and ankles. So the very first reason for you to get up and take a good walk this fall is to simply eliminate that whole catalog of health problems that might befall you, if you simply take up residence on the couch.

Enjoy reflective time

Regular walking has been shown to be a powerful anti-anxiety activity which has a calming effect on the walker. Most people don’t realize this, but the simple sounds of nature do indeed have a soothing effect on humans. For instance the singing of birds, the buzzing of bees, and a softly falling rain or a babbling brook, all have subtle but powerful influences on the human psyche.

In addition, taking a walk can encourage creative and reflective thinking, and this notion is supported by a Stanford News study indicating that the creativity demonstrated by participants increased by 60% when people were walking, as opposed to those sitting.

Achieve balance in your life

Long walks throughout the neighborhood or the countryside yield even more results than calmness and creativity. It has been found that when anxious, stressed-out individuals settle into a program of regular walking, it can also provide a great opportunity to gain perspective, and to achieve a better balance in your life.

When the mind becomes more settled and more relaxed through a regular program of walking, it allows much greater opportunity for self-discovery and self-examination. This kind of reflection gives people more of a ‘big picture’ look at the important aspects of their lives.

Reduced risk of glaucoma

Walking can help to reduce pressure within your eyes, and it has been shown to reduce the risk factors associated with glaucoma, high blood pressure, and even diabetes. In addition to helping prevent the onset of any of these health problems, walking can be at least somewhat effective in treating the condition once you are ready have it.

Improved balance

Because you’re not always walking on smooth surfaces, the activity of walking can help to improve your balance, and this is something everyone can benefit by. When you have to walk on uneven surfaces like trails, paths, and sandy or gravelly walkways, those steps activate muscles throughout the body which work to stabilize you as you proceed. Over time, this acts to build up your balance so that you become more accommodated to uneven terrain and household obstacles.

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MD Home Health is a Phoenix home care company offering in-home assistance for persons temporarily or permanently disabled, and which provides care for loved ones as though they were family. For more information on our services, experience, or rates, call 602-396-5742, or fill out our contact form. We look forward to serving you through our Phoenix home health care services. If someone in your household needs a companion, personal care, home-making, or supportive services, call us at MD Home Health.