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‘Water’ you doing in retirement?

Aqua fitness instructor leads active lifestyle at Fox Run

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November 3rd, 2016
Gail Berryman leads a water exercise class for her neighbors at Fox Run. She is pictured here along with Janice Austin, Janet Williams, and Jean Schoettley.

Gail Berryman leads a water exercise class for her neighbors at Fox Run. She is pictured here along with Janice Austin, Janet Williams, and Jean Schoettley.

On Wednesday mornings you can find Gail Berryman in the heated indoor pool at Fox Run’s on-site fitness center. She teaches a heart-healthy, cardio-focused water exercise class once a week for her fellow residents.

“It gives you a really good workout because of the resistance from the water, plus all of the motions we do,” Gail says.

Water exercise has been a big part of Gail’s life for many years, and she says it has helped her to stay agile. 

Great decision

Before moving about a year ago to Fox Run in Novi, Mich., Gail lived in a Del Webb active adult community in Grand Blanc, where she also taught water fitness classes. 

She was familiar with Fox Run because her daughter-in-law’s mother was living at the community. After Gail’s husband passed away, she decided it was the right choice for her retirement living.

“I didn’t want to take care of a big house,” Gail says. “My husband had said he thought [Fox Run] would be great for me, and so I felt great about it.” 

Since moving in, Gail has formed friendships with several women who live on her floor. She says she enjoys having kindred spirits nearby to socialize, have meals with, and participate in movies and other activities at Fox Run.

“There are so many people here, and everybody is nice,” Gail says.

Vibrant living

In addition to teaching her class at the pool, Gail also takes water exercise classes taught by other community members. She sometimes takes Jazzercise classes as well. 

During the warm months, she plays bocce ball with her neighbors and helps to take care of the many colorful flower gardens on Fox Run’s campus along with other green-thumbed residents. 

She says she is considering joining the line dancing club and becoming a volunteer to visit residents of Fox Run’s continuing care neighborhood.

“There are so many things to do here,” Gail says.

While she is having fun making new friends and exploring all that Fox Run has to offer, Gail also makes it a priority to enjoy some down time and spend quality time with her family. 

Her three sisters, as well as her two sons and their wives and children, all live in the area, so the family is able to get together frequently. Gail has six grandchildren, and one of her granddaughters works as a server at one of Fox Run’s four on-site restaurants.

“Her other grandma and I go over and have dinner there sometimes when she is working, which is really nice,” Gail says.

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