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Let's get moving!

From Zumba to yoga, Tallgrass Creek is on the move

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November 26th, 2013
Let's get moving

A typical day for Amy Stewart, Tallgrass Creek s wellness coordinator, starts at 7:30 a.m. in the on-site fitness center. For the next few hours, she enthusiastically leads residents in some of the varied fitness classes offered at the Erickson Living community in Overland Park, Kans. Stewart joined Tallgrass Creek s resident life staff in August and, since then, has been busy exercising with residents and coordinating the community s fitness and aquatics programs. Stewart oversees 14 different fitness classes weekly that include low-impact aerobics, yoga, Zumba, stretch-and-tone classes, core work, chair exercises, men s-only strength training (M.O.S.T.), and more. Water aerobics and therapeutic water exercise classes are also available in the community s indoor, heated swimming pool, as is a men s-only pool exercise (M.O.P.E.) class. Stewart also arranges one-on-one personal training sessions and can recommend specific exercises based on individual health histories. Stewart provides an energetic, welcoming presence and loves interacting with the community. Honestly, it s just a blast working with the residents, says Stewart. Everyone is so full of energy and information. I love being here. Resident Bill Klasinski is a regular in the 9 a.m. M.O.S.T. class Stewart leads on Mondays and Thursdays. Stewart started the class in September and uses weights, bands, and exercises during the 30-minute workout. Amy really keeps us moving, says Bill. We don t stop at all for a half hour. Bill says his balance and endurance have improved considerably since he started the class. Bill s wife Virginia is a regular in Stewart s Sit and Get Fit class, which meets three times a week. The class includes chair exercises and stretching. Amy has a marvelous plan worked out for this class, says Virginia. We move quite a lot but also do particular stretching exercises that are so good for your neck, back, legs, and all parts of your body.

Health and fitness savvy

Stewart has worked in the fitness industry since 2006. She has a master s degree in exercise science from Southern Illinois University, where she managed and supervised weight room employees and taught group exercise classes. Most recently, Stewart was employed as a fitness specialist in the St. Luke s Health System, in Kansas City, Mo. She has presented at various fitness and health conferences across the U.S. and holds multiple certifications from organizations such as the American College of Sports Medicine, the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America, American Red Cross, Zumba, and YogaFit. Stewart is fascinated with the health and fitness field and is a strong believer that all individuals can experience a greater quality of life through movement. She keeps herself in shape by running and practicing and teaching her favorite exercise yoga. Yoga is a great exercise for all ages, says Stewart. It helps improve balance and leads to both physical and mental fitness. One of Stewart s first assignments at Tallgrass Creek was to oversee the community s recent Trek Across America challenge. She was impressed with the residents dedication to the competition. They really went for it, says Stewart. People walked everywhere both inside and outside the community, spent time on the treadmill, did chair exercises, and lots more. The results showed. Stewart, also gets exercise wrking around the home she just bought in downtown Kansas City, Mo., and chasing her three cats. Just like I tell the residents at Tallgrass Creek, laughs Stewart, it all counts.