There are many wonderful places to walk in the East Bay, some mostly flat and some with more challenging features like gains in elevation. Some of my favorites in Berkeley are the flat track at King Middle School, accessed off Hopkins Street (and near Monterey Market) and the mostly flat track around the Berkeley Marina.

When you are recovering from illness, surgery or a winter of inactivity both of these courses offer a great way to re-engage with an activity bound to help you recover and maintain your health. The Marina walk also has strategically placed benches along its route so if you tire you can sit down to rest. And the view is unparalleled.

A more challenging walk is the Nimitz trail off Inspiration Point in Tilden Park. It has the advantage of scenic views of the Bay and its bridges, the Briones Reservoir and its watershed as well as the surrounding countryside--beautiful vistas all. And it has benches too and markers to tell you how far you've walked.

Just coming out of a rehab facility?  Senior Helpers aides are there to assist you on your walking ventures.  They will drive you and take your walker, crutches, wheelchair, water, or whatever you might need to help you feel safe and looked after.  And of course they offer companionship and encouragement!

On rainy, chilly days, exercise at home, did you know you can exercise in a laying or sitting position?  If you’re a current Senior Helpers Berkeley client, you will soon receive our Spring into Action Senior Exercise Poster.  If you’re not currently a client, call us at 510-524-6700 or email us at, and request a copy. 

We look forward to hearing from you and happy spring!

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