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Cheers to your health

Wellness offerings abound at Eagle’s Trace

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January 4th, 2018
Eagle’s Trace resident Patricia Moore (left) and Fitness Coordinator Shirley Woods participate in a health and wellness expo at the West Houston Erickson Living community.

Eagle’s Trace resident Patricia Moore (left) and Fitness Coordinator Shirley Woods participate in a health and wellness expo at the West Houston Erickson Living community.

 

People who live at Eagle’s Trace don’t have to go far to meet their fitness goals.

The West Houston community has two on-site fitness centers, an aquatics center with indoor swimming pool, full-time fitness staff, and 22 group exercise classes offered each week.

“The key to sticking with an exercise plan is doing what you enjoy,” says Shirley Woods, fitness coordinator. “We offer a variety of classes each week, both on land and in the water, so residents can find the ones they like.”

Movement is also fundamental to well-being, according to Woods. 

“Whether it’s taking your dog for a walk or playing horseshoes with friends, staying active yields long-term health benefits,” says Woods. “The more your body moves, the better.”

The community’s 72-acre campus includes well-lit, outdoor paths for walking or jogging. Outdoor amenities include a putting green, horseshoe pit, resident gardens, and shuffleboard court. Indoors, climate-controlled walkways connect residence buildings to the clubhouse, so community members can access the fitness amenities even in inclement weather.

“It’s an easy walk to get to class,” says Patricia Moore, who works out in the Silver Express class twice a week. “No driving required.”

Residents promote fitness options

To augment the fitness offerings at Eagle’s Trace, the resident-led health and fitness committee works alongside staff to promote exercise options and awareness.

Sandi English chairs the committee. She moved to Eagle’s Trace in June 2016 from Cuero, Tex., where she taught diabetes self-management classes through Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi.

A certified community health worker, Sandi says the abundance of activities at Eagle’s Trace ensures there’s something for everyone.

“The goal of the health and wellness committee is to encourage residents to make healthy choices,” says Sandi. “We want residents to be aware of how many options they have to stay active.”

Jim Hughes, a former aquatics instructor for the Post Oak YMCA, also serves on the health and wellness committee. He teaches a water aerobics class for men three times a week at Eagle’s Trace, where he’s lived since 2015. 

“As an old advertising man, I believe you’ve got to sell the sizzle, not the steak,” says Jim. “We’ve got plenty of activities here. Our job as a committee is to promote the message that exercise can be fun.”

 

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