The residents in the pool were kicking their feet and swinging their arms to the beat of the music. Becky Boulo is on the pool deck encouraging, “Left jab, right hook, bam!” Her enthusiasm is catching. Her passion for teaching, for exercising and for having fun makes the workout even better.
Becky is trained as a PE teacher. She’s been working out in the pool with her students for more than thirty years. She has incorporated the new Tabata style workout, primarily a cardio exercise program, into her AquaFit classes. The training is a high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workout featuring exercises that last four minutes: 20 seconds work out hard, 10 seconds rest, repeat 6 to 8 times with a one-minute walk. Dr. Tabata, a Japanese physician and researcher, designed the interval training routine to improve both your aerobic and anaerobic systems. Aquabata (Becky’s name for the class) is even better in the water where everyone can work at his or her own level. The water provides the resistance while keeping your body afloat. Continue reading →
Because one size does not fit all, our fitness team has multiple ways for you to stay in shape, keep your body moving and strengthen your core. Have you asked a Trainer, checked the Pathways monthly calendar or visited the Wellness Center lately?
Kari Richie, Springmoor’s Wellness Center Director, is quick to say that the best exercise is the one that you will do. No one machine or one class is the best. The perfect exercise is the one that keeps you motivated and on a routine schedule. Some prefer swimming laps. Others prefer a walk in the park. Some prefer to exercise with the instructors on our Springmoor TV channel in their living room. Some like to exercise in a group setting while others prefer a jog on the elliptical trainer in the Wellness Center. Which one is right for you?
Ask A Trainer
Our Wellness Center staff meets with new residents when they move-in to Springmoor introducing them to the equipment room, explaining the class schedule and finding ways to fit their personal needs. A trainer is also available to work with each resident for a few days or a few months, depending on their requests.
Physical, Speech and Occupational Therapy
Springmoor has multiple therapists available for their residents. If you have recently had a knee replacement or other surgery and need a few months of rehab, our staff is here to help. The therapist teams work in their training room with special equipment directly after your surgery. They will slowly introduce you to the Wellness Center for follow-up care as you progress. At this point our fitness staff takes over and gets you back to your normal routines.
The Capital Area Greenway System in Raleigh provides 112 miles of trails for walking, jogging, hiking, bird watching, fishing and picnicking. Monthly, a group of Springmoor residents can be found on a trail. Kari has planned a Spring Kick-Off Event at Pullen Park in March. The group is invited for a picnic lunch, a ride on the carousel and a walk around the 66-acre park adjacent to the North Carolina State University campus. Blue Jay Point, a favorite Raleigh destination, offers a perfect place for bird watching on Falls Lake, a hike on the wooded trails and an informative tour of the Environmental Education Center.
Each month, Kari offers a seminar with experts from the area. Discussions on Nutrition for Better Health with our Dieticians, Healthy Skin Awareness with our Dermatologist, an Introduction to Flexibility Exercises with our Wellness Staff or a Blood Pressure Check and Balance Assessment are just a few of the many offerings she plans for our residents.
Last month, Kari introduced a Balance and Fall Prevention seminar. The overwhelming response has her planning a second follow-up presentation with several area experts.
There are multiple risk factors involved in falls. Making residents aware of these factors can greatly decrease the number of falls. Muscle weakness, medications, blood pressure, dim lighting and uneven surfaces can all cause a fall. Our team can help take away some of these risk factors and then put you on a path to increasing your muscle strength. Core strengthening and balance classes, yoga, tai chi and aquatic classes can all help build muscle and bone strength.
If an exercise class or swimming laps is not your style, then perhaps a round of Putting or Croquet. Ping-Pong will have you up and moving around too. The residents organize weekly events for these sports. The competition is lively and the laughter never ends. The hole in one competition is fierce and the backhands and slices at the Ping-Pong table are wicked. Training for the Senior Games has a few residents keeping the games competitive.
For our walkers, joggers and runners, Raleigh has quite a few 5K and 10K community walks. The Jingle Bell Run, Autism, Parkinson’s and Arthritis Walks have all seen a group of Springmoor residents and staff participating.
The Wellness Center wants to keep you fit. One size does not fit all so choose your style or try a few. Mix it up. Stay active. Keep moving! Find a neighbor and enjoy all that Raleigh has to offer or stick closer to home and jump in the pool for water volleyball. You will certainly feel better afterwards!
Why should I put my name on the Wait List? It’s a frequently asked question during a Springmoor visit and tour. There are many advantages and one that you should ask about when you have made your decision about moving to Springmoor.
The high occupancy rate in our community is the first reason you should consider the Wait List. We have been working from a list for many years. The floor plan, the location and an anticipated move date will all be part of making your new home choice. There are a fewer number of the larger individual homes in our community making the wait time much longer. Many of our smaller units will come available in a much shorter time frame. Keeping your options open is the best idea for many perspective residents.
A deposit is required to put your name on the Wait List. The application fee is an administrative fee and non-refundable. The second fee (deposit) varies depending on the size unit you have requested and whether you are moving in as a single occupant or as a couple. This part of the fee is refundable at any time. You may say no to a unit if the timing or the size is not what works best and you will keep your position on the Wait List. We recommend that, if you are interested in moving within the next few years, you add your name soon as wait times have continued to increase each year.
Being on our Wait List will also enable you to participate in special planned events throughout the year. A Rightsizing Luncheon with a Senior Move Specialist helps answer questions about preparing for your move. A Round Table Event with the Springmoor Staff helps answer questions about the community. During this event you will meet our Dining Room Manager who will explain all of our dining options. Our Wellness Center Director shares information with you about the forty plus classes offered in the pool and in our exercise facilities. She will tell you about options for physical therapy and the outings offered each month for physical fitness. An expert from our Insurance Department explains how they are available to help file medical claims. Many other specialists are available during these informative events. These two helpful programs provide much needed advice prior to your move.
Those on the Wait List are also invited to participate in activities on campus. Lectures, book clubs, art classes and so much more are open to everyone on the Wait List. Our residents, of course, get first priority for off-campus events but we always welcome those on the Wait List if transportation is available. Meeting new neighbors while working in the garden is a perfect way to get involved before you move in. Joining a Fused Glass Workshop in the Meraki Arts Center, listening to a English Literature presentation with Dr. Elliot Engel or attending a concert with The Dixie Land Jazz Ensemble are wonderful events and a great way to make new friends with similar interests.
The Wellness Center
Many on our Wait List will join an Aqua Fitness Class or come by each morning to use the exercise equipment in our beautiful Wellness Center. Riding a few miles on the exercise bike or jogging a few miles on the elliptical trainer will get you into a healthy routine while meeting a few of your soon-to-be neighbors. This is an excellent perk for adding your name to the Wait List at Springmoor!
If you ask a Springmoor resident, they will all tell you, “Move before you think you need to or before you have to. Come early so you can enjoy all the activities that are available.” Currently 15% of the United States population is 65 years or older. That number is expected to grow to 21% by 2030 and wait times will become even longer. Continue reading →
Scottish Country Dancing has been on his calendar for over thirty years. Dudley Morrison, an active Springmoor Resident, continues to learn new dances, steps and figures every week. Before he goes to his next class or an event, he receives a list of dances that each participant needs to know. Keeping up with the choreography is a must for each of the eight to ten dancers in the group. Turn by right, cast two places, turn by the left to face first corner. And so goes the dance.
Dudley’s family has traced their ancestors back to Scotland but it was his late wife, Victoria, who introduced him to Scottish Country Dancing. She suggested they take a class when they moved from Chicago to Raleigh thirty-three years ago. With her ballet training, she was a quick study. Dudley had to work a little harder to understand the language, the positions and follow the figures.
With his Scottish kilt and ghillies (a soft dance shoe), he has almost mastered the art of Scottish Country Dancing. He says it’s a lot like golf, “You can’t ever be perfect but you keep trying.” It’s a mind-body exercise that he says keeps him young. There are quick time Jigs and Reels and slow dance Airs and Strathspeys. A fiddle and sometimes a piano or accordion provide the music. There are over 6,000 dances and more being written today. Dudley says the best part is, if you were to go to Japan or Canada, the steps and the music would be the same. You can walk into a class anywhere in the world and know what to do next. The precision is important. That’s what makes Scottish dancing unique.
Dudley’s kilt is a Morrison Scots Clan plaid. He wears his to a formal ball with a tuxedo style shirt and jacket known as a Prince Charlie. A dance is more casual and the men wear kilts and white shirts. Women are typically in white dresses for the formal dances. He and Marjory, a fellow dancer, both wear a Morrison sash. Hers is the ancient color way, officially registered as a Morrison Tartan. Dudley’s is also the ancient color way, representing the vegetable dyes of the century and a spinoff of the black watch tartan.
The Country Dance
The men and women have equal parts in a Scottish Country Dance. In groups of four couples, there may be a few whispers of directions but mostly everyone is silently counting bars so that they arrive at each place neither early or late. Teamwork is important. Couples can be partners but it is typical to be paired with a different partner for each dance. This makes Scottish dancing a great way for singles to join in the group. Their certificated dance instructors, Barbara, Eilean and Pam, teach at Triangle Dance Studio in Durham. Dudley and Marjory look forward to their weekly classes and seasonal events. The Valentine Tea Dance is their next event and both are watching YouTube videos to learn the scheduled dances. Aerial videos, he says, are the best to watch in preparation for the event. He has a list of sixteen dances to prepare for in the next few weeks.
Dancing is once a week. Traveling the world has been a passion too. He has been everywhere and now is content to stay closer to home. The photos on the wall and the art on his bookshelves in his Springmoor apartment will tell you he likes cars. The passion for cars started when he was a living in Charleston, West Virginia. He thinks he was may have been ten or twelve years old. He remembers touching the tire hubcaps of a parked car as he walked down the sidewalk like you would reach out to pet a dog. Dudley says, “Cars can take you places.” In addition to his everyday car, he has two in storage now: a 1988 Lincoln and a 1982 Volvo Wagon. Neither are collector’s cars. He keeps them for the memories. Fifteen years ago, with two friends, he packed up the Lincoln and took a 7,000-mile trip out west spending $1,000 on gas. Best trip he’s ever had, he says! The three travelers saw everything from their comfortable roomy ride. The Volvo has 335,000 miles on it. It was Victoria’s car and took them many places. It’s a keepsake filled with memories. He has photographs of all of his cars: a ‘47 Studebaker, a ‘50 Chrysler Imperial, a ‘53 Packard, a ‘56 Packard, a ‘59 Mercedes Benz, a ‘61 Rambler Ambassador Custom, a ‘68 Chrysler Imperial, a ‘76 Dodge Aspen Station Wagon, and a ‘81 Chrysler New Yorker, hanging throughout his beautiful home. And each one has a story or two attached to them.
His week includes choir practice also. Music has always been important. He tried the piano when he was young but found that reading music and keeping the right hand and the left hand moving in different directions was not his talent. Keeping his feet moving to the Scottish rhythms has been easier. He finds singing in the church choir a way to fill his love of music. He has volunteered for many years in leadership roles as well. Continue reading →
Springmoor wants to help you reach your health and fitness goals. We are excited to announce the addition of something new to the Wellness Center offerings. In mid-November, two of our fitness instructors, Tricia Shipley and Kris Lawyer will begin a Personal Training program. Two of our favorite class instructors will now be available to personally help you reach your fitness goals.
The new program will start with a fitness assessment and then be designed to fit your specific needs. While training with your private coach, they will evaluate your interests, establish goals and track your progress. Tricia and Kris will demonstrate each exercise with proper form to reduce risk of injury. They will teach you which muscle groups are being targeted during your training. The trainer will work with you one-on-one for the duration of your session to ensure that you are safe and that you are obtaining optimal results. Each session will include a warm-up, an exercise portion and a cool-down period. The trainers will share helpful exercise tips and information while you are working together.
Have you made one or more of these statements in the past few months?
- I don’t know where to start with an exercise program.
- I need to continue exercising after physical therapy.
- I need motivation, accountability and support.
- I want to learn exercises to do on my own and how to perform them properly.
- I have a fitness goal but need help developing a plan to achieve it.
- I need weight loss assistance.
- I want to prevent falls and stay independent.
- I need a challenge.
- I want to change my exercise routine.
- I want an assessment to determine my abilities.
- I need to find the areas that I should focus on.
- I want to create maximized workouts for better results.
Does this sound like you? If so, let’s get started! Springmoor has something new to help you achieve your wellness goals.
The instructors will be happy to work with you wherever you are the most comfortable. They can meet you in the South Village Pathways Wellness Center or in the North Village Exercise Room. They can meet you in the privacy of your own home. If you want to train in the pool or the equipment room, they can meet you there also.
We have planned the program to work with your schedule. Each session can be scheduled for 30, 45 or 60 minutes. The amount of sessions will depend on your goals, needs and interests. You and your trainer will decide on the number of sessions that fit your schedule and design a program to meet your fitness goals.
Kris Lawyer has worked in the fitness industry for over 30 years. She started teaching aerobic dance in 1983 at Spa Lady, an all women’s gym in Raleigh. Since then she has become a certified instructor and taught a wide variety of exercise classes including Strength Training, Kickboxing, Cycling, Yoga and Step. After two shoulder surgeries and a back surgery, Kris has concentrated on senior fitness instruction.
She teaches Chair Yoga, Silver Sneakers, Tai Chi and a variety of other classes for Springmoor Residents. Kris enjoys working one-on-one with residents and sharing her knowledge of fitness gained through may years of experience. As an AFAA Certified Personal Trainer, she believes that you can improve your health and fitness at any age through proper, regular exercise and have fun while doing it!
For Tricia Shipley, exercise is an important, meaningful part of daily living. She believes in the mind-body connection of wellness. Although our schedules are busy, she believes exercise should be incorporated to become routine. Tricia is an ardent supporter that exercise can prevent health problems and improve quality of life.
Tricia holds certifications in personal training, group fitness, PiYo, Silver Sneakers and Health Eating Every Day from the Cooper Institute. She has provided group fitness instruction and personal training for 20 years, specializing in strength training, functional training, sport-specific training, circuit training and core training.
Both Kris and Tricia tell us the goal is simple once you get started. They will motivate you, keep you on the right track and always provide support. Ask anyone who has taken one of their classes – they are inspiring. Continue reading →
“Ma chere Mademoiselle, it is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that we welcome you tonight and now we invite you to relax. Let us pull up a chair, as the dining room proudly presents…your dinner!”
Be our guest, be our guest
Put our service to the test
Tie your napkin ’round your neck, cherie
And we’ll provide the rest…
(Ewan McGregor, Beauty and The Beast)
Do you have guests this weekend? Springmoor is happy to help! We have guest rooms, dining services, exercise facilities, a computer lab and game rooms for your visitors while they are here. We want both of you to enjoy your time together and leave the hospitality duties to us.
Your guests are welcome to dine in any of our four dining areas. Whether it is a white tablecloth dinner or a quick snack at the café, we can help! You can grab an ice cream afternoon snack with your grandchildren or enjoy a cocktail and dinner with your best friend in the dining room. If you prefer to host a special event dinner party with your guests, our catering services can help plan this too. We have several private dining rooms to offer for your event. Our newly renovated guest rooms now have refrigerators, microwaves and Keurig Coffee Makers for a late night snack or an early morning breakfast.
Springmoor is surrounded by beautiful neighborhoods with bike trails and walking paths. The Capital Area Greenway Trail system has over 100 miles of trails and 14 parks. Your guest can run through the neighborhood, walk around one of the city’s lakes or visit our Wellness Center and jog on the elliptical trainer. Springmoor’s saltwater lap pool is perfect for an early morning swim or an afternoon with the grandchildren. We invite your guests to join you for fitness class too.
Games and Computers
Billiards, Horse Shoes, Putting on the Green, Ping Pong, Puzzles and Croquet can all make a fun family afternoon with your guests. The Woodshop and the Meraki Arts Studio can be used to work on a special project if you need a little extra room or special tools to create a unique project. Need to check your flight schedule or print a boarding pass? Our computer room is available for your guest too.
Convenience Store and Bank
The small convenience store is open every morning, making it easy to pick up any item your guest forgot to pack. We also have a Wells Fargo Branch located in North Village. All of the services and amenities we offer to our residents are also available for their guests. Our Springmoor Presents series of musical events and lectures is offered several evenings a month and we would love to have your guest join you for that too!
Running, golfing, dining, and shopping: Raleigh has so much to offer its visitors! The list of museums and festivals available make Wake County a wonderful place to visit. If you haven’t shown your guest the NC Museum of Art, seen a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center, visited the NC State Fair, attended a Durham Bulls baseball game, or listened to the banjos at IBMA Wide Open Blue Grass, you have a long list of things to do! We are home of the very best ACC basketball, baseball and football too – the Triangle can be filled with Wolfpack, Tar Heel and Duke fans most any weekend. If you are in town for a game or a short visit with your parents, we have a room for you!
Our guest rooms are located in both North and South Villages. We have a variety of sizes for you and your family. Several of our guest rooms also include a full kitchen and a sleeper sofa for the little ones. We have smaller rooms too if your stay is only for a night or two. Continue reading →