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It’s never too late to get into shape!

Fitness inspiration for the New Year

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December 25th, 2012

If you think it s too late to take control of your health, think again. Thomas Gilheany says he hasn t been in shape for almost 60 years. Aside from some swimming at the YMCA in Califon, N.J., where he and his wife lived, exercise took a backseat to his career and other life commitments. But six months ago, he decided to turn that around. I wanted to get into shape. I haven t been in shape since the mid-50s when I left the army, he says. He signed up for personal training at Cedar Crest, the Erickson Living community where he and his wife Rosary have lived since 2010. I had done some exercises in balance therapy there, and I decided to take it further, he says. He meets with Fitness Specialist Ryan Donahue twice weekly for a half hour of cardio and strength training. And he s seeing improvement in strength and stamina. I m going to stick with it, he says.

Free fitness

Thomas has the attitude of someone half his age, but it s not that uncommon at Cedar Crest. Nicole Cox, wellness manager at the community, says personal training, fitness classes, and individual workouts are a common occurrence. In fact, the community recently added several new fitness classes to the lineup: a kettle bell class, modified cycling, arthritis fit, relaxation meditation, and aquatic Zumba. And every eight weeks, they rotate classes so there s always something new, she says. While Cox says they only see a moderate influx of people at the New Year, their fitness center attendance stays fairly steady yearlong. We promote fitness and wellness throughout the year, so that helps keep people interested, she says, referencing promotions like free fitness day, in which they offer 15-minute class demonstrations. Despite the promotion s name, fitness is always free at Cedar Crest with some exceptions. A basic fitness and aquatics center membership is included in each resident s monthly service package. Personal training is a reasonable $20 a half hour compared to $75 for 45 minutes at some outside gyms. Cedar Crest also offers in-home personal training for anyone uncomfortable working out in public or unable to visit the fitness center. That runs $40 a half hour, also quite reasonable.

All-encompassing care

Unlike most gyms, Cedar Crest s fitness center communicates with the doctors in the on-site medical center and new Rehab and Wellness Center. We get referrals from our doctors a lot, Cox says, and they communicate with me, especially if there are any issues we need to be aware of. Cox says this makes her clients feel more at ease and more prone to keep up with their fitness routine. You re never too old to get in shape! Cox says. Our residents prove that every day.

Five steps to fitness

Cedar Crest Wellness Manager Nicole Cox shares her top tips 1. Eat a healthy, balanced breakfast to start the day off right. 2. Get moving spend at least 20 to 30 minutes a day walking. 3. Participate in the things you enjoy most and that make you happy. 4. Include whole grains and fiber in your daily diet. 5. Most importantly, stay hydrated. Water is one of the most important substances for the body. Aim to drink eight 8 oz glasses of water a day.