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New Year’s inspiration

Healthy living easy to come by at Fox Run

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December 21st, 2010

If staying fit and healthy isn t on your list of New Year s resolutions, add it, says Fox Run resident Helen Fealk. A long-time active-lifestyle advocate, Fealk used to hike in the mountains of Montana s Glacier National Park every summer. At Fox Run, she hikes the campus every day. First she eats breakfast It s the most important meal of the day, Fealk says. By 8:30 she s out the door, walking at a fast pace and for as long as 90 minutes. In winter weather, while she could opt for a treadmill in Fox Run s fitness center, she walks the community s halls and covered walkways. When it s nice she walks outside. And on Labor Day weekend she walks across the Macinac Bridge. For the past 26 years she s joined the thousands of other people who make the annual five-mile trek.

Getting younger and younger

Fealk describes Fox Run as easy living. This is her time! Gone are responsibilities of house upkeep, snow removal, even dinner preparation. Now it s maintenance-free living, chef-prepared meals, and a host of resident-run clubs and activities. Everything is here, she says. Anything you want to do, you can do. Fealk s to-do list includes twice-weekly Jazzercise. I get so much out of it; my body is just getting younger and younger, she says. The more you do, the more mobile you are! Her mobility might have helped her avoid serious injury when she took a hard fall during a Mediterranean cruise late last year. I thought I d broken something, she says, but I hadn t. The cruise, Fealk s first, was a birthday gift from her special Fox Run friend, George Moy, and she loved it in spite of her fall. I told George if he wants to give me the same gift for my next birthday, that s okay. Along with a healthy body, Fealk cultivates a healthy attitude. I love living in a community where everybody cares about each other, she says. When she moved in three years ago, Fealk didn t know a soul. Now she has hundreds of friends, and her sister and aunt have become Fox Run residents.

A new life

A turning point led Val Trainor to Fox Run. In 2008, I spent Labor Day weekend alone, she says, and I couldn t keep myself busy enough to convince myself that s what I wanted to continue to do. So she called her Fox Run friend, Peg Quigley, and asked to see the campus. Quigley invited her to the quilt group. I liked every single person there, Trainor says. I blended in, picked up a sewing machine, and started working. Attitude, it s said, is everything, and Trainor s attitude was positive from the start. She wanted a new life. When she toured an apartment home that offered idyllic views of swans on a Fox Run pond, she knew she d found the place to live that life. And life is good. She s made new friends, had new experiences, and does only the things she likes to do. Quilting is one of those things. Five-days-a-week water aerobics in Fox Run s aquatics center is another. Snowy roads don t concern her now because classes are just down the hall instead of a drive away. The commitment dearest to her heart is the Stephen Ministry. As a Stephen minister, basically we listen, she says. We re kind of a fill-in for the minister. Trainor also has a practical side. She switched to Fox Run s on-campus dentist when her hometown dentist retired. She still sees her primary care doctor, but she also registered with and had a physical exam from a Fox Run physician. Those results plus her other medical records are now in Fox Run s computerized medical records system. It s common sense that all your information should be on a computer system [available to] whatever doctor or hospital you go to, she says. Simply stated, Trainor refuses to become a burden to her five children. The best thing I ve done for them is move to Fox Run where they don t have to worry about me.

Spa treatment

Less stress means better health. When tension builds in your neck and shoulders, a relaxing massage might be just the ticket to relax those muscles and reduce the minor aches that accompany them. At Fox Run s luxurious Belmont Spa Salon, massage therapy and its cousin, energy-based healing touch therapy, are just two of many services available to residents. The Belmont salon also boasts a private massage room. Services such as acrylic nails or pedicures might be considered just for pampering, says salon receptionist Spring Burge, but as every woman knows, If you look good, you feel good. The reverse is also true: Ask any woman how a bad hair day makes her feel. Fortunately, Belmont Spa Salon has a cure for that! Its offers six hairstylists proficient in the full range of hair care services and coffee to sip while you re under the dryer.