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Swimming in winter

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January 29th, 2009
Shoveling snow used to be the bulk of Norm Lovejoy s cold-weather physical activity. But that backfired one day when he fell on his icy driveway. "I was lucky I wasn t hurt," he says. "But that s what finally convinced my wife and me that it was time to let go of the house and move to Wind Crest." The Lovejoys transitioned to Wind Crest from a patio home that was within a few blocks of a community center. However, the couple had to walk or drive to get there, neither of which was convenient in the cold and snow. "And with no indoor pool, swimming wasn t an option in the winter," Lovejoy says. "We could have gone to the local gym, but even that required putting on a heavy coat and driving. It was just too much of a hassle." Time for a change Before moving to Wind Crest, the Lovejoys spent much of their winters busying themselves inside, surfing the Internet and doing home projects. "We didn t have much social interaction," says Lovejoy. But things couldn t be more different now that they re at Wind Crest. "It s very easy to get involved and try new things," he says. In fact, not long after they moved in, he heard about water volleyball and decided to give it a try. He s since joined the group, which meets on Wednesdays. "I had never played water volleyball before, but I really enjoy it," he says. Dive right in Water volleyball is among more than a dozen fun physical activities going on at Wind Crest every day, all year-round. From land aerobics to water aerobics, tai chi to yoga, there s something for those of all levels and interests. For people who prefer the kind of fitness that s set to music, there s ballroom dancing, the Electric Sliders line dancing club, and square dancing. Wellness Coordinator Kristy Hebert says part of Wind Crest s fitness appeal is that the activities are a lot of fun, which makes it feel more social than task-oriented. And since everyone is similar in age, there s none of the pressure that older Americans sometimes feel in mainstream gyms. "At fitness chains, you often encounter an overwhelming amount of equipment and a staff that might not be versed in the needs of older Americans," Hebert says. "Here, you work with a specially trained staff that puts your needs first, and you don t have to drive to get here." With an on-site fitness center and pool open 24 hours a day, fitting in a workout is a snap. "People can drop by between errands and appointments, before or after dinner, basically whenever they feel like it. That makes it a lot easier to get the 30 minutes of moderate activity that adults are recommended to get each day." Beyond the equipment and all the activities, the Town Center Clubhouse itself has plenty of climate-controlled hallways to walk and stairs to climb. Hebert adds: "All of this and more is accessible without ever having to step a foot outside."