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The one daily activity that really makes a difference

And three men who rarely miss a day

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May 29th, 2014
(From left) Culver Hayes, Bob Zitch, and Joe Koenig have achieved 3,000 workouts at the fitness center at Seabrook since they each moved to the Tinton Falls, N.J., Erickson Living community.
(From left) Culver Hayes, Bob Zitch, and Joe Koeni

When Culver Hayes misses a workout, he feels sluggish, slow, foggy. But luckily, that doesn’t happen often. Culver joins two of his neighbors in an elite club of fitness fanatics at Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J. It’s the 3,000 Workout Club, and it’s quite an accomplishment.

Culver, along with Joe Koenig and Bob Zitch, has achieved 3,000 workouts in the Seabrook fitness center since moving to the community, which opened in 1998. 

Daily routine

“I’m at the gym by seven o’clock every day, and I love it,” Joe says. “I work out six days a week, and it keeps me going. It’s a big part of my life.”

Bob, too, frequents the fitness center six days a week, alternating between aerobics and weights. “When I exercise, I’m set for the day,” he says. “When I don’t go, I miss it. Fortunately, I haven’t missed it many times.”

The three men attribute Seabrook’s maintenance-free lifestyle to their ability to stay so dedicated to their fitness routine. Without having to put the fitness center aside for house repairs or upkeep, they’re able to stick to a daily routine.

“It gets my muscles going and clears my head,” Culver says. “Without it, I feel sluggish. I really love the Seabrook fitness center.”

Seabrook is no stranger to the benefits of fitness with age. The community is built on a model of preventive and continuing health care, providing not only a complimentary, state-of-the-art fitness center right on campus, but also a medical center with full-time medical staff—all within steps from residents’ doors. 

“There are so many benefits to working out for the older adult,” says Judy Seger, Seabrook community services manager. “Here in our fitness center, there are many opportunities for our residents to get fit and healthy, and fortunately so many of them take advantage of what we have to offer.” More than 350 residents use the center.

Exercise for everyone

The Seabrook fitness center has equipment specifically designed for older adults and offers group fitness classes like yoga, Zumba, and aquatic aerobics in the heated, indoor swimming pool. 

“Every body is different, and the more variety of classes we offer, the healthier our community’s going to be,” says Seger. 

While Culver, Joe, and Bob stick to the machines and free weights, Lori Orr, a lifetime fitness enthusiast, favors yoga. “I’m an absolute fanatic about yoga,” she says. 

Lori exercises frequently with weights, cardio, water aerobics, and tai chi classes at Seabrook. Of the weekly yoga class, Lori says, “Any level can participate. The stretching is done in such a relaxed way that it keeps you mobile. That is important at our age. It keeps you younger than you would ever be if you sat around all day.”

Lori says yoga has become more beneficial to her over the years. “As you age, your balance isn’t as good; your joints are stiffer.” The practice of one-legged standing postures, like tree pose, helps to improve balance, decreasing the risk of injury from falls. 

Novice? No problem

One need not be a fitness fanatic like Culver, Joe, Bob, and Lori. A Seabrook fitness specialist meets with every new fitness center member for three personalized appointments to acclimate them to the equipment and exercises.

“We’re always here if someone needs help with equipment or a more individualized training program,” says Fitness Specialist Lori Ingenito. “We are here to help people in whatever capacity they need.”