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Parks extend exercise options for older adults

Miami Dade County Parks Program

The new class that older adults can now do from the comfort of their own home is just what the doctor ordered.

The Miami Dade County Parks has collaborated with the Mayor’s initiative on Aging and the County of San Diego’s Division on Aging and Independence Services to create the Feeling Fit Club for older adults in Miami Dade County. 

The Feeling Fit Club is a program available for viewing on Miami-Dade TV via cable television or online. Episodes air on channel 76 on Atlantic Broadband, Comcast, Xfinity, and channel 99 on AT&T U-verse on Monday through Fridays at 7 a.m. The episodes are also available to be recorded on DVRs for later access.

The episodes will also be streamed on the Miami Dade TV YouTube channel, as the county is making an effort to combat the limitations of older adults to reach the parks during this time. These limitations are due to transportation issues, work schedules, and the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The episodes are five hours long and escalate in difficulty. Aiming to provide residents with a better quality of life, the exercises focus on bettering balance, enhancing flexibility, and building muscle strength. Older adults can adapt the exercise to standing or sitting. 

For participant safety, a physician should be consulted prior to starting the exercise program. If any physical discomfort occurs during or after the exercise, it is advised that you consult a medical expert. 

Miami Dade County Parks, Recreation, and Open Spaces is the third largest county park system in the United States. It consists of over 270 parks and over 13,000 acres of land and is focused on the health and fitness of its residents. 

For more information about the Feeling Fit Club, contact the Miami-Dade County Parks Active Older Adults Program Coordinator, Allan Tavss at tavssa@miamidade.gov or 786-372-9701. 

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