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Tallgrass Creek celebrates fitness every day, especially on National Senior Fitness Day

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August 28th, 2017
Retired physician Merrill Stiles (front) demonstrates a tai chi class for his fellow Tallgrass Creek neighbors as part of the community’s celebration of National Senior Fitness Day.

Retired physician Merrill Stiles (front) demonstrates a tai chi class for his fellow Tallgrass Creek neighbors as part of the community’s celebration of National Senior Fitness Day.

 

Retired physician and Tallgrass Creek resident Merrill Stiles demonstrated the gentle movements of tai chi earlier this year as part of the community’s National Senior Fitness Day celebration. 

Tai chi, an ancient Chinese series of stylized movements, has become a popular exercise that promotes physical and mental health for all ages. Merrill started the class at Tallgrass Creek in 2009 and today leads about 20 of his neighbors through the simple movements every Friday morning in the clubhouse classroom. No experience is necessary. 

“Tai chi is often referred to as a series of meditative movements,” says Merrill. “The relaxing movements, quiet atmosphere, and gentle music, together, lead to a sense of serenity and well-being.” 

Other activities and games highlighted during Tallgrass Creek’s fitness event featured mental and physical challenges such as table games, Wii bowling, bocce ball, croquet, basketball, and lawn bowling. 

The all-morning affair coordinated by fitness team members Camin Bell and Cydney Cunningham included a pop-up smoothie stand in Tallgrass Creek’s clubhouse, where fresh fruit smoothies were prepared throughout the morning.  

Wide variety of classes

In addition to Merrill’s tai chi class, the calendar includes weekly land-based and aquatics fitness classes led by Cunningham and Bell. Fitness classes take place in various classrooms around the campus, and aquatics classes happen in Tallgrass Creek’s indoor, temperature-controlled pool. 

“These classes provide an exercise regimen that, if not available here, would be difficult for me to sustain by myself,” says Glenn McCoy. “Additionally, the camaraderie with others of like mind provides benefits that are very difficult to measure.”

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