It’s not always easy to keep up a regular exercise routine. But as we age, staying active is the key to independence and well-being — perhaps more than most other times in our life.
Don Croft understands this. Almost every day, Don crosses the street from his Broadway apartment to work out in the wellness center. His commitment to fitness shows us that a little exercise every day has a lot of benefits.
Don played a little basketball in school and in the Navy, but he wasn’t a star athlete. He isn’t training for a marathon. His goal is modest: to stay active. Having the wellness center close by at Presbyterian Manor makes it easy, and having a lot of options for activities keeps it interesting.
“I kind of vary my routine,” he said. “One day I’ll do the Nustep, then the next day I’ll do the treadmill.” He also hits the Fit Express circuit machines most days.
Melinda Ebersole, director of activities, said Don sets a great example for his neighbors. “You can count on seeing Don, rain or shine, walking over from his apartment to get his workout routine done before meeting others for coffee in the dining room,” she said. “He’s an inspiration with his commitment to daily exercise and good health.”
Don said he believes others have followed his fitness example, and he’s glad.
“I just think if a person sets an example in front of other people, sometimes it helps them and encourages them, too.”
If you have been thinking about starting a fitness routine, be sure to check with your doctor first. The benefits for older adults go well beyond weight control or heart health, too. Even simple, regular movement helps build the muscles used in balance, and it improves flexibility. In women at risk of osteoporosis, even light weight training can build bone density.
As we heard at last month’s Healthy Learning Lecture, movement is one of the best ways to alleviate pain. LaVeta Jarrett, ARPN, shared that even gentle exercise gets blood flowing to areas in pain and promotes healing.
Thanks to his desire to stay active, Don gets to join us on many of our day trips, too. It’s one more way to stay involved and engaged, and that’s a big part of overall wellness, too.
Exercise classes and personal training are available in the wellness center. Call 316-283-5400 to get started