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Category: Wellness

Living an Active Lifestyle

Springmoor offers residents an active lifestyle – from exercise classes to lecturers, from musical events to volunteer activities, from studio art classes to book clubs, from walks on the Raleigh City Greenways to travel tours – we are happy to offer many dimensions of wellness. Whether it is a social activity, a vocational outing or a fitness class – staying active physically and mentally is our key to a successful retirement.

21c Museum Hotel

Art and Educational Events

Raleigh is filled with places to go and things to see. If art is your passion, then the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Nasher Museum at Duke University, the COR Museum (City of Raleigh Museum), and the new Gregg Museum at NC State will delight you. We had to schedule a second trip to 21c, a new Museum Hotel, in Durham because of its overwhelming popularity!

OLLI at NC State offers continuing education and volunteer opportunities

OLLI, a continuing education program offered at NC State University, is an excellent way to expand your knowledge. The university offers a wide range of courses each semester that our residents rave about. The course selection includes music, ethics, history, economics, astrology and more. It’s hard not to sign up for a course when you see their catalog! Our residents choose the group classes and we offer transportation to the McKimmon Center.

The North Carolina Symphony with Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Musical Events

The Triangle also offers a wide range of music and theatre. The North Carolina Symphony performs in over 90 North Carolina counties. Their headquarters for the Pops and Classical Series is located in the spectacular Meymandi Concert hall in downtown Raleigh. For ticket holders, we offer door-to-door transportation. No more worries about traffic, weather or a place to park with this added benefit. Ticket holders can also enjoy performances and transportation to The Carolina Ballet, Raleigh Little Theatre and the NC Theatre.

Pepper Choplin, Composer and Conductor, will visit this fall

We are pleased to bring musical events in-house too. The Bloomsbury Boys, a Dixieland Jazz group, will be here every Saturday afternoon in the fall for Music on the Porch. Frederick Moyers, concert pianist, will join us this fall too. He has appeared as a soloist with most of the major orchestras throughout the US, Europe and Asia. Singer, songwriter, pianist and violinist Sara Getto joins us in September for an evening of music. And we are thrilled to have Pepper Choplin, composer, conductor and humorist, on our fall list too. This summer he premiered his cantatas at The Lincoln Center with 200 voices and orchestras. The Springmoor audience will certainly be inspired with this extraordinary line-up for the fall.

Aqua Challenge, Water Volleyball and more in our heated saltwater lap pool

Physical Fitness

As part of the Active Lifestyle, we offer a wide variety of physical activities to keep you fit and flexible, strong and healthy. Our Wellness Center staff offers over 45 classes each week. Aqua Fitness, Line Dancing, Strength and Balance, Cardio, and Pilates are just a few of the many offerings. The two exercise equipment rooms are open daily and our instructors and physical therapist are on hand to help design the best program for your needs.

Sysco hosts a residents’ tour From Farm to Table

Tours

Sysco, a global food and equipment distributor, is on our calendar in September. The residents will tour the Selma facility as well as taste food in their test-kitchens. They will see how produce is brought in, packaged and distributed. Our Dining Service Management and Nutritionists are part of the Sysco group. Having a behind-the- scenes look from farm to table will be an educational tour for everyone.

Duke Lemur Center is on our tour list this fall

And if animals peak your curiosity, the Duke Lemur Center will be a fun afternoon event. With over 250 primates across 21 species, the research and conservation center is a must see for everyone.

Art Studio Projects

We are happy to announce the opening of our new Meraki Arts Studio in September. With three artist instructors teaching classes in glass making, acrylic painting and mixed-media arts, we look forward to a creative fall schedule. Other artists will be called on to teach watercolor, drawing and additional media. The newly renovated studio has lockers for our residents to store their supplies, a glass kiln for making jewelry and fused glass projects, a custom-designed workspace and display center.

Our new Meraki Arts Studio with fused glass workshops

Stay tuned for future blogs on this exciting new Springmoor addition!

Dr. Mark Leary, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. will be here for Active Aging Week

Lectures

Dr. Mark Leary, Duke University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, will join us in September as part of Active Aging Week to discuss “The Role of Self-Compassion in Successful Aging.” He is faculty director of Duke University’s Interdisciplinary Initiative in Social Psychology and heads the Social Psychology program.

Dr. Carol Dunn, NC State University Professor and Department Chair of the Agricultural and Human Sciences program, will also be here to share her knowledge. She will preview Eat Smart, Move More, Weigh Less: 7 Solutions to Live a Healthier Life.

William and Sue Willis will perform two live shows – Presidents and Their First Ladies as Ike and Mamie Eisenhower and Ronald and Nancy Reagan. In our theatre, we have watched many of their films and are delighted to welcome them for two live performances. The costumes, dialogue and history create a wonderfully unique program.

An Active Lifestyle

Our residents can challenge themselves with a variety of options: fitness for your physical health; lectures, book clubs and tours for your mental fitness. There is something for everyone! The possibilities are endless. Our residents will tell you, “There is just not enough time in the day to do everything we want to do.” Continue reading →

Meet our Wellness Center Team

The Springmoor Wellness Center Team is an active group of exercisers. Most of them started their fitness lifestyle when they were very young. However, Kris, one of our instructors, was almost 30 years old when she stepped into a life filled with exercise. She is the perfect example that it is NEVER TOO LATE TO START!

Stretch, Lift, Lunge, Walk, Run, BE ACTIVE! With over forty-six classes offered each week, two swimming pools and two exercise equipment rooms: our team can certainly find something to fit your needs. Kari Richie, our Wellness Center Director and her staff will have you moving before you even know you are exercising!

Let’s meet the team: Kari, Kris, Trish and Becky

Kari Richie, Wellness Center Director

Where did you grow up?

  • Kari: Suburbs of Detroit, Michigan
  • Kris: New Jersey
  • Trish: Independence, Missouri
  • Becky: Small town of Quakertown, Pennsylvania (with 8 siblings!)

What was your first job as a teenager?

  • Kari: Target – cashier
  • Kris: Grocery store – meat department
  • Trish: Missouri State Representative’s office – file clerk
  • Becky: Sheet Heart Shoppe – making famous Philly Cheese Steaks and dipping ice cream

Becky Boulo, Water Aerobic enthusiast

How long have you been employed by Springmoor?

  • Kari: Seven and half years
  • Kris: Five years
  • Trish: Almost a year
  • Becky: Six years

What do you do on Saturdays?

  • Kari: Play with my children!
  • Kris: Go to the gym, work around the house and do word puzzles
  • Trish: I usually run 3-4 miles by 8:00am and then we spend a few hours on the lawn. We love yard work! Then it’s off to run errands and then out to dinner with my husband or friends!
  • Becky: In the summertime – water aerobics. In the wintertime – a long walk or bike ride on the American Tobacco Trail
Kris Lawyer, Cross Training is her key to fitness

What is your favorite food?

  • Kari: “Bad” food – pizza.  “Healthy” food – depends on my mood & the season. Right now it’s a good, juicy watermelon!
  • Kris: Fried oysters
  • Trish: Mediterranean cuisine
  • Becky: Really good CHOCOLATE!

Did you play a sport in high school or college?

  • Kari: I was on the high school dance team and coached a dance team while I was in college.
  • Kris: No, I did not get into fitness until the early 80’s when “aerobic dance” was all the rage.
  • Trish: I ran track in high school. I was also a cheerleader in high school and college so I was cheering for the athletes playing sports!
  • Becky: I was the goalie on my college Ice Hockey team
Trish Shipley, “move your feet before you eat”

Have you ever run a Marathon, Half Marathon, or participated in the Iron Man?

  • Kari: I’ve completed three half marathons and one full marathon! The full marathon started in downtown Detroit. We ran across the bridge into Canada and came back through the tunnels.  It was one of the hardest things I’ve done in my life… but very rewarding!!!  No Iron Man.
  • Kris: No, no and heck no!
  • Trish: Yes, I’ve run several marathons and half marathons. My greatest achievement was the Pikes Peak Marathon coined “America’s Ultimate Challenge”!
  • Becky: No and never will!!

What’s for dinner tonight?

  • Kari: Leftovers from Sassool: roasted vegetables, hummus, Mediterranean chicken salad and orzo pasta salad
  • Kris: Pizza and salad
  • Trish: Green protein shake
  • Becky: Doherty Pub: hamburgers and French fries. I did a water workout before I went home and it always makes me very hungry!
Becky and Kris running a few miles

Whose music is found most on your iPod?

  • Kari: My two favorites are Ben Rector and Need to Breathe
  • Kris: 80’s heavy metal and fitness music
  • Trish: It’s mostly fitness music but if I had to choose an artist, Rascal Flatts
  • Becky: ADELE!!!!!

If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be?

  • Kari: I’d like to go back to Bruges, Belgium
  • Kris: New Zealand
  • Trish: I would LOVE to go to Ireland and trace our family tree!
  • Becky: ANYWHERE IS EUROPE! Next trip will be Netherlands for a bike and sail tour. I hope!!
Trish and Kari working their muscles

What one word describes you best?

  • Kari: Easygoing
  • Kris: Friendly
  • Trish: Enthusiastic
  • Becky: LOUD!

What new skill would you like to learn?

  • Kari: Rock Climbing!
  • Kris: Spanish
  • Trish: The piano
  • Becky: Pickle Ball
Kari after a sky dive – wow!

What book are you reading now?

  • Kari: Lots and lots of children’s books
  • Kris: I am in-between books now
  • Trish: Body Ecology by Donna Gates
  • Becky: The Day the World Came to Town 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland

What’s your favorite pizza topping?

  • Kari: Either plain ol’ cheese & pepperoni or a specialty white pizza
  • Kris: Mushrooms, anchovies, garlic and crushed red pepper
  • Trish: Pineapple
  • Becky: Mushrooms
Trish after her marathon – congratulations!

Do you sing to the car radio?

  • Kari: Yes! And I dance when I’m not driving.  My son loves music so we are always singing!
  • Kris: I listen to sports talk radio but if there were music on, I would sing to it.
  • Trish: I’m always singing in the car
  • Becky: Yes, loudly and off key!

Do you have a personal exercise routine daily?

  • Kari: Right now I’m completing a 9-week Beachbody Insanity program. I like to do a variety of things: Zumba, running, interval training, anything with music that keeps me from getting bored!
  • Kris: Yes, I try to do a mixture of strength training, cycling, swimming and interval training.  I believe cross training is the key to preventing injury and boredom.
  • Trish: I workout every day. I run twice a week, weight training 3 days, Pilates twice a week, HIIT once a week, cycle twice a week, yoga three times a week.
  • Becky: Alternate Bike, Walk, Water Aerobics daily

Do you have a Fitbit? How many steps do you average a day?

  • Kari: No, I use a GPS watch when I’m running to track my distance
  • Kris: I had one but it was never accurate
  • Trish: Yes, I use my Fitbit. I average 15,000-20,000 steps a day
  • Becky: Apple Watch—10,000+ Daily
Kris – preparing for the next class.

What’s your best advice for making exercise a daily event? What motivates you?

  • Kari: Right now I’m motivated to get back into a pair of pants I bought before getting pregnant!  The best advice I have is to find a buddy: spouse, friend, or co-worker.  You can either exercise together or help keep each other accountable.  You have to start somewhere and you don’t have to be perfect.  If you mess up with your diet or exercise plan, start again tomorrow!
  • Kris: Just get yourself to the gym, or put on your walking shoes and tell yourself you will do just ten minutes. Once you start, you will almost certainly do more.
  • Trish: Plan your hour of exercise into your day as part of your schedule and move your feet before you eat!
  • Becky: I write it in my daily planner and I stick to it!!

Best thing about Springmoor?

  • Kari: The people of course! (And the Wellness Center!)
  • Kris: The residents are the best thing, followed closely by the staff, especially the housekeepers. They have a hard job but are always cheerful and helpful.
  • Trish: The residents. They are inspiring, genuine and truly kind!
  • Becky: The Residents Rock!!!!! So does the staff

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Pilates: Improve your Mental and Physical Health

Trish Shipley – always encouraging, always smiling

We have a new class with a great instructor.  Pilates – it’s the best yet!

Ten Reasons to try Pilates

  • It will boost your flexibility and joint mobility
  • It is NOT a cardio workout
  • It will make your muscles stronger
  • It is a low-impact exercise
  • It begins with simple exercises and can advance to new levels at your pace
  • It can be done in a chair or on the floor
  • It can be done in a large class or alone
  • It requires NO special equipment (maybe a mat)
  • It is good for your mental health as well as your physical health
  • Trish Shipley, our Pilates instructor is “always encouraging and excels at teaching”.
Working on posture – shoulders up, shoulders back, shoulders down

Our Instructor

Trish taught an introductory class last month to a standing room only group of interested residents. It was easy to see that there was a strong appeal for this new class. Trish is a certified PiYo and Yoga instructor and one of Springmoor’s favorite Wellness Center assistants. Her smile is contagious and her enthusiasm keeps you going!

She describes Pilates as a routine to strengthen your core: the muscles “from your neck down and your knees up”. There are no weights used with these exercises – your body becomes the weight or the resistance. When your core is strengthened, you are less susceptible to falls and injury. It helps improve your posture, flexibility and balance.

Stretch those muscles

Your Core

In Pilates, your arms and legs are lifted against gravity to strengthen each set of muscles. The core-focused exercises require no more than two inches of lifts. You may be sore the next day but that’s OK. You will be challenging a muscle that needs a workout and after a few sessions, it will be stronger without soreness. With each class, you will be challenged to try a new routine. Trish says there are hundreds of exercises she can add to the workout. She will be gentle and guide you through the next steps at a healthy pace.

Strengthening your core

Your Breathing

Breathing is a central part of Pilates. As you learn the deep breathing routines with each lift your movements become more fluid and graceful. Your alignment is strengthened and your stress is reduced. The muscles are elongated with these exercises. The whole body gets a work out as all muscles groups are emphasized. Many professional athletes are now incorporating these routines into their fitness training to lessen injury in their sport.

The Founder

Joseph Pilates, son of a prize-winning gymnast and a naturopath, developed this system of exercises in the early 20th century. He strongly believed in the relationship between the mind and the body. Alignment, breathing and developing a strong core were his keys to success.

Walking in out

“I must be right. Never an aspirin. Never injured a day in my life. The whole country, the whole world, should be doing my exercises. They’d be happier.” – Joseph Hubertus Pilates, in 1965, age 86. Continue reading →

Celebrate National Simplify Your Life Week with Springmoor Services

Simplifying your life isn’t just about removing the physical clutter out of your cabinets; it’s meant to make us look a little bit closer at our lifestyle and eliminate the things that keep us from truly enjoying life. In today’s fast-paced world, the idea of sitting on the porch with your family or a good book without having anywhere to be can be hard to imagine, but we’re here to tell you it’s possible. (ideal-Living Magazine, Becky Eades)

Springmoor makes it possible with our long list of amenities and services. We want you to enjoy your retirement – let us do the chores and run the errands. Simplify your lifestyle with our list of extras!

Maintenance and Landscaping are a phone call away

Interior and Exterior Maintenance

No more worries about fixing a leaky roof, waiting for an appliance repairman, or painting your interior. Our team will take care of everything on your list with a simple phone call. You can opt to be there or not when maintenance arrives. We want to make it as easy as possible.

Landscaping

Tired of mowing the grass, trimming the shrubs, aerating the lawn and spreading new pine straw? No worries, we have a landscaping crew that takes care of our beautiful 42-acre campus year-round. For those who still want to dig in the dirt on a smaller scale – that’s possible too. We have a garden that is prepped by the landscaping crew each spring. Our residents are invited to plant and maintain their gardens. Water and tools are available for everyone.

Enjoy your free time on the Springmoor Putting Green or the Croquet Court

Housekeeping

No more changing the sheets. No more dusting and vacuuming. No more scrubbing the bathrooms or the kitchen. Our housekeepers will come to your apartment weekly and take these chores off your list!

Medical Services

Need a quick visit to the see the doctor? Need a flu shot? Have a question for the nurse? They are all here on campus. Located in North Village, the clinic is only a short walk away. Need to recuperate after a surgery? Our short-term health center and physical therapist can have you back on your feet in no time. Need to see an off-campus specialist? We will arrange for transportation too.

Let our chefs prepare your next meal

Dining Services

Tired of cooking? Tired of grocery shopping? We can simplify that task too! Our dining services offer a nutritious menu with four different dining options. You may choose to dine-in or carryout a meal at lunch or dinner. Formal dining is available for both as is a more casual dining option in our cafes. Our buses will take you to the Farmer’s Market or your favorite grocery store on a weekly basis so you can still enjoy a home-cooked meal whenever you have time.

Transportation to the theatre, a shopping spree or a continuing education class is always available

Transportation

Traffic in Raleigh can be difficult to maneuver especially during the peak hours. Would you prefer to have someone else drive? Do you have an evening event or an outing in an unfamiliar place? Our drivers can be reserved to take you to doctors or business appointments. We offer activities via our tour buses for shopping trips, theatre and musical events, museum tours and educational outings on a daily basis. And a trip is always more fun when you have a friend and neighbor joining you!

Enjoy a work-out on the machines or with a class instructor in the Wellness Center

Exercising

Is your drive to the gym, especially on a rainy day, getting in the way of exercising regularly? Why not start your mornings with a lap swim or a water aerobics class in your building? Yes, both sides of our campus offer exercise classes and the newest gym equipment available. We offer over forty class options each week. Our campus has walking paths outside and is surrounded by a wonderful neighborhood with sidewalks and greenways. Springmoor will make your exercise routine easy.

 

A Bayer Bee Care tour with friends and neighbors is part of our servic

Entertainment and Activities

Are you a season ticket-holder at Durham Performing Arts Center or the North Carolina Symphony, Raleigh Little Theatre or The North Carolina Ballet? Would you like to participate in an Osher Life Long Learning (OLLI) Class at NC State? Would you like to tour a museum or listen to a lecture, visit one of the triangle’s newest restaurants or volunteer to help with an English as a Second Language (ESL) program? We have all of these and so much more on the calendar. All you need to do is sign-up and we will take care of the rest! Continue reading →

It’s Time for a Water Workout

Kari Richie, Springmoor Wellness Center Director

Water exercises put less stress on the joints making it a perfect exercise for seniors. The water acts as a form of resistance, so strength exercises can be performed in the pool without heavy weights. Flexibility, balance, bone density and cardiovascular functions are increased while muscle-loss is decreased. Water workouts are a perfect alternative to exercising at the gym. Have you tried a water class yet?

This week, we did an Aqua Fitness Question and Answer session with Kari Richie, our Wellness Center Director.

Can you give us a short description of the classes offered at the Springmoor pools?

Aqua Basic – 45 minutes of fundamental water exercises to improve strength, range of motion, and balance.

Aqua Challenge – 45 minutes of challenging water exercises with a strong emphasis on cardiovascular endurance.

Aqua Free Time – The pool is supervised by a Health & Fitness Staff Member, allowing the residents to swim, walk or exercise at their own pace.

Join us at the Wellness Center saltwater lap pool

What level of difficulty is each class?

Aqua Challenge is in our “C” category, making it the highest level of difficulty. Modifications can be provided for different needs.

Aqua Basic is considered a “B” category… not as intense or fast paced.

Aqua Free Time is great for those who are motivated and like to exercise on their own.

Is one better than another for sore muscles or arthritis or other ailments? Do the physical therapy instructors also help?

Aqua Basic is the best option for those who have arthritis, chronic pain, or starting to exercise after a joint surgery or injury.

Physical Therapists do not teach classes but they can provide Aquatic Therapy for patients in the facility.

Water volleyball is a new monthly resident activity. Does the Wellness staff play too? Do you have an audience/cheering section?

The staff participates with the residents and we have a lot of fun!!! Cheering sections are welcome. We laugh and get a good workout while playing. (We don’t keep score.)

Lap swim – when, where and who?

Residents can lap swim during Aqua Free Time: Mon/Wed/Fri from 9:00 – 10:00 am or Mon/Wed from 1:30 – 2:30 pm.

Residents can use the pool on their own during non-programming hours. We strongly encourage the buddy rule.

John Neal swims the most laps each week

Which resident swims the most laps (each day, each week)?

John Neal swims the most laps at one time. He swims a minimum of a mile three days a week (72 lengths plus another 6 to 8 laps just to be sure he counted correctly). Don & Jane Priess win the most consistent award. They come early in the morning and do their own routine.

Swimming in North Village – is this smaller pool just for aerobics? Anything else?

The Fitness Staff provides an Aqua Basic class in the NV Pool on Tues/Thurs at 9:15 am. A resident led group meets at 6:30 am on Tues/Thurs/Sat.

Some residents will use the pool on their own time to do their home exercise routine.

Time for play in the pool with grandchildren – how does this work?

Residents can enjoy spending time with their family while using the pool. We have several families who take advantage of this and they have so much fun! The rules are: residents must be present with their guests in the pool area at all times. We currently do not have “guest hours.” Residents may bring their guests any time there isn’t a scheduled program. Residents have first priority of the pool area.

Do residents do laps with kick boards or other equipment for lap swims?

Some residents swim laps with kick boards and others use the noodles or aqua dumbbells while water walking.

The hot tub and spa – tell us about this Wellness Center amenity.

The spa is popular after the Aqua classes as part of their cool down and relaxation time. It also becomes social time as they sit and relax with the jets on, talking and laughing with their friends. Some people only come to use the spa because of joint pain.

Jane and Don Preiss, win the Most Consistent Swimmer Award

What is the most popular class? Why?

Aqua Challenge is the most popular class because it provides a good cardio and strength workout for all levels. Those who like the challenge can push themselves to their limit and those who like to take it easy can go at a slower pace and modify some of the movements.

What is the best class for beginners?

Aqua Basic is the best because it is slower paced and focuses on strength, range of motion, and balance.

What is the best class for life-long swimmers?

Aqua Challenge or Aqua Free Time

What hours is the pool open? Are there any special dos and don’ts?

The pool is open from 5:00 am – 10:00 pm. The programming hours are listed on the Fitness Calendar in the back of the monthly Springtimes. Hydration is important! Even though you feel like you’re not working as hard, you still need to drink plenty of water before and after your exercise in the water. It’s even more important to be hydrated if you spend time in the spa because of the warmer temperature. Always get out of the water if you experience dizziness, cramping, or chest pain.

Becky Boulo, our Wellness Center instructor has been teaching swimming classes since her college days

Do any of the Springmoor Fitness Instructors have a swimming background?

Becky Boulo is our head Aquatic Instructor. Swimming has been a big part of her life. She taught swimming lessons all through college and even taught Swim 101 at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks. Becky ran summer camps for the Aleut and Yupik Indians in Northern Alaska Villages through a program to help children learn to swim to reduce the rate of drowning. Becky also taught Aqua Fitness classes in the 1980’s when it first became popular. When she moved to North Carolina, Becky helped start the Summer Swim Team in her subdivision where her daughter started at the age of 5 and is now a collegiate swimmer at the University of Idaho. Becky has been teaching at Springmoor for over 5 years!

The rest of the fitness staff holds various certifications and helps teach some of the aquatic classes.

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Laughter is the Best Medicine

Laughter activates the body’s natural relaxation response. It’s like internal jogging, providing a good massage to all internal organs while also toning abdominal muscles.” (Dr. Gulshan Sethi, Thoracic and Cardiac Surgeon at the Tucson Medical Center and University of Arizona Medical Center.)

Have you had your dose of laughter today?

Charlene

Laughter is contagious – just hearing a laugh will make you smile and want to join in the fun.

Laughter boosts immunity – it increases immune cells and infection-fighting antibodies, therefore improving your resistance to disease.

Laughter helps you relax and recharge – it stimulates circulation and aids in muscle relaxation.

Carol Burnett, I Love Lucy, Spike Jones, and a good joke will all make you laugh. And that’s just what the doctor has ordered. A smile, a little giggle, or a great big belly laugh will enhance your intake of oxygen-rich air. Your heart, lungs and muscles will be stimulated with the increase of endorphins and your body will be energized. Studies show that laughter really is the best medicine! Continue reading →