By Kari Richie, Springmoor Health and Fitness Director
Who’s ready to expand their wellness horizons? Springmoor Life Care Retirement Community has certainly expanded its wellness offerings—and, as the community’s health and fitness director, I couldn’t be more excited!
At the Wellness Center grand opening on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m., I’ll be helping with exercise machine demos and guests will be able to tour the new wellness rooms; get blood pressure, blood glucose and bone density screenings; enjoy a mini-massage and mini manicure, and much more!
I’m most excited about the space and the opportunity the new Pathways Wellness Center provides for classes and small group instruction—all in one area. My office will even be located near the instruction rooms!
We will be increasing the number of aquatics classes offered–focusing on balance and strength–and adding more group sessions in the exercise room. We are even looking to finalize a one-on-one policy that would enable us to work “one-on-one” with residents to assess their fitness and work with them on a plan for improved wellness! The new area will even allow us to expand our work with the rehab department, to help people transition to the wellness center to maintain whatever strength they gained through rehabilitative therapy.
Now—while I am excited about the fitness opportunities the new center will provide, it’s important to note that this new area will help residents improve wellness through all eight Pathways dimensions, including spiritual and emotional. We’ll have screenings of films that touch on spiritual and emotional topics, support meetings and a variety of gatherings at the center.
I know Springmoor residents are excited for the Pathways Wellness Center to open so they can jump on the equipment and sign up for the various classes. The wellness team will still have some aquatics classes at the North Village Pool, but will focus most of our instruction in the new center.
Our wellness focus for 2014 is fall prevention, so many of the activities planned are aimed at improving balance and strength. I can’t wait to help Springmoor residents get healthier and stronger!