Best year ever

Three ways to keep your New Year’s resolutions at Wind Crest

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December 23rd, 2019
Without the burdens of a 2,000-square-foot house to take care of, Peggy Bent enjoys filling her time with activities like walking, biking, hiking, yoga, swimming, and socializing with friends.

Without the burdens of a 2,000-square-foot house to take care of, Peggy Bent enjoys filling her time with activities like walking, biking, hiking, yoga, swimming, and socializing with friends. 

A whole new year stretches out before us filled with promise. Think back over your lifetime to the intentions you’ve set at the beginning of each new year. Even if you’re not one to declaratively set an official New Year’s resolution, chances are you’ve noticed the shift in energy each new year brings. 

As we get older, our intentions or resolutions may morph in nature—from “lose weight” or “start a new business” in our formative years to “spend more time with my family” or “volunteer at my favorite charity” in retirement.

The Tribune visited Wind Crest, an Erickson Living-managed community in Highlands Ranch, Colo., where residents embrace an active lifestyle, to find out what they envision for this New Year. We discovered that the top three New Year’s resolutions include: embrace technology, develop an exercise routine, and spend more quality time with grandkids.

We also asked community members if and how they’re able to achieve these goals while living at Wind Crest. Here’s what we found:

1. Embrace technology 

Wind Crest empowers its community members to utilize technology to improve their daily experience. While about two thirds of Wind Crest’s neighbors are tech-savvy, the community provides free IT support, a community app called My Erickson, and other resources to help those who want to learn more with the resources they need.

One exciting way community members can expand their technological horizons is to volunteer at the on-campus TV station, located in the Arts and Enrichment Center on campus. 

Volunteers produce the two live programs, Java, a morning talk show, and Night Side, an evening variety show. Other shows include Windmill Now! (your daily dose of what’s happening around Wind Crest) and a Stay Fit series of fitness programming.

“It’s a lot of work, but it’s been fun. We have a very good team,” says Java cohost Barbara Wright. “What I like about Java is we interview local people. We have so many interesting people here with exciting stories. It’s made my life much more interesting.” 

Community TV Coordinator Tanya Passidore says the TV studio significantly aids communication to the people who live at Wind Crest. “TV is a powerful tool to get out urgent messages, orient and educate new community members, and help neighbors get to know each other. Especially as our new buildings open, it’s a great way to get everyone on board when they move in.”

2. Develop an exercise routine

A common theme we hear when talking to people who live at Wind Crest about their health and well-being is that they’re often more physically active since moving there than they have been in years. Wind Crest’s on-campus fitness centers, aquatics center, and variety of group fitness classes provide regular opportunities for people to get and stay fit. 

Community members can take classes like high intensity inverval training, Quick Core, yoga, Everything Aqua, Cardio and Core, line dancing, chair yoga, gentle stretch and tone, mat Pilates, Yoga Nidra, Get Up and Go Aerobics, water volleyball, Better Balance, and Zumba.

If you prefer a more individualized approach, the Wind Crest fitness centers provide age-appropriate machines, free weights, and personal training.

Joan Chenoweth says having group fitness classes just steps from her home not only motivates her to go five days a week but also lowered her cholesterol 50 points less than a year after she and her husband Roger moved to Wind Crest. 

“We have wonderful personal trainers who teach the classes. It’s incredible, and it’s for any level. You can be really good at exercise, or you can be like us and never have been to a class before,” she says.

3. Spend more quality time with family

Another way to stay young at heart is to spend quality time with those who are actually young in age. But when your schedule fills up with household chores, appointments with repair people, and other homeowner headaches, there isn’t much time left for the fun stuff. 

Peggy Bent started considering a move to Wind Crest because she wanted to move from her house to a community where she would be around more people. 

Plus, two of her three children and three of her grandchildren live near Wind Crest. With family nearby and less home maintenance on the agenda, she’s free to enjoy family visits and even host them overnight in her second bedroom. She specifically chose her McKinley-model apartment home for its spacious second bedroom.

“When you’re in a single-family home, you can’t interact quite as much as you can in a community like Wind Crest. For me, this just suits my lifestyle.”