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All in good health

New fitness offerings promote wellness at Highland Springs

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May 5th, 2017
The Landworks group exercise class at Highland Springs meets in the new fitness studio inside the Pecan Grove residence building.

The Landworks group exercise class at Highland Springs meets in the new fitness studio inside the Pecan Grove residence building.

New Year’s resolutions may be in the rearview mirror by now, but people who live at Highland Springs keep fit year-round thanks to expanded fitness offerings at the North Dallas Erickson Living community.

With the opening of its newest residence building, Pecan Grove, the community gained not only 108 beautifully appointed apartment homes, but a new fitness studio as well.

“It was important to have a dedicated space for our group exercise classes,” says Fitness Manager Leslie Doran. “Now we’re able to offer an even wider variety of classes.”

Residents have their choice of 58 group exercise classes each week, including Sit and Be Fit, chair aerobics, chair dancing, yoga, low-impact aerobics, strength and balance, Landworks, Zumba Chair, Zumba Gold, chair Pilates, sit and box, and tai chi. Some classes meet daily, Monday through Friday. Other classes are offered several times each week.

Aquatic group exercise classes include the H2O walking group, water aerobics, Aquacize, and water volleyball.

“There’s something for everyone,” says Doran. “Our goal is to offer the most comprehensive wellness programs and opportunities to meet the needs of all residents.”

New equipment in fitness center

In addition to the new fitness studio in Pecan Grove, the community’s fitness center in the Hillcrest Clubhouse was recently updated with new equipment.

“We installed new treadmills, a bicycle, and an elliptical, as well as machines to target various muscle groups,” says Doran.

Sue Polinski moved to Highland Springs with her husband Paul in December 2016 from Red Oak, Tex. She had a gym membership prior to moving but says it’s so much easier to maintain a regular workout schedule now that everything she needs is just a short walk from her apartment. 

“The pool, the fitness center—it’s just so wonderful,” says Sue. “I’m more motivated to work out now that I don’t have to get in my car and drive to the gym.”

In addition to working out in the fitness center, Sue’s tried two group exercise classes, chair aerobics and chair dancing, and she’s interested in branching out to others.

“Highland Springs has a lot to offer,” she says. “I’m just beginning to see what I might like to incorporate into my workouts.”

Support and encouragement from fitness associates

To encourage and assist residents, the fitness department at Highland Springs also hired a new fitness associate, Beatriz Ramos. Ramos came to Highland Springs from FitSTEPS for Life, a rehabilitation program designed to improve the quality of life for cancer survivors.

“I’ve been at Highland Springs for six months, and it’s been wonderful getting to know the residents,” says Ramos. “It’s so rewarding to help them work toward their fitness goals.”

Ramos says she’s seen some community members who were initially apprehensive about working out.

“It can be intimidating to walk into the fitness center for the first time or come to a group fitness class for the first time,” she says. “We’re here to help overcome those hesitations.”

For anyone new to the community, the fitness team at Highland Springs offers a complimentary first-time personal training session to review fitness goals and develop a workout routine to meet those goals.

“We’ll go over how to use the equipment and develop a personalized fitness plan,” says Ramos.

For those who wish to continue working with one of the community’s fitness associates beyond the initial consultation, personal training is available for an additional fee.

Ideal place to stay fit

Highland Springs resident Jim Atkins works out twice a week with Doran as she coaches him through a series of exercises designed to strengthen his back.

“I’m trying to avoid back surgery, so Leslie helps me work my core and my back,” says Jim, who also works out in the fitness center twice a week on his own. “I don’t know if I would have the discipline to go so often if Leslie wasn’t waiting for me.”

Aside from his regular workouts, Jim says the Highland Springs lifestyle encourages wellness.

“On a nice day, there’s no prettier place to walk than around our community,” he says. “And when the weather’s not ideal, the fitness center, exercise studio, and swimming pool are just down the hall.”