Making fitness a priority

Year-round exercise options part of robust wellness offerings at Brooksby Village

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December 19th, 2019
Larry Carnahan enjoys the variety of options to stay fit at Brooksby Village, including the on-site fitness and aquatics center, as well weekly group exercise classes.

Larry Carnahan enjoys the variety of options to stay fit at Brooksby Village, including the on-site fitness and aquatics center, as well weekly group exercise classes.

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?

If you’re like the majority of the population, chances are your goals include a renewed commitment to health and wellness.

But well-intentioned goals are often short lived. Clinical psychologist Joseph Luciani estimates that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by the second week of February.

Strava, a social network for athletes, reports an even shorter window for New Year’s zeal. After analyzing 31.5 million online activities, the network pinpointed January 12 as the date when most people break their resolutions.

At Brooksby Village, the Erickson Living-managed community in Peabody, Mass., wellness isn’t a once-a-year effort; it’s a way of life.

Just ask Larry Carnahan, who moved to Brooksby with his wife Stephanie in September 2016 from Arlington, Va.

Year-round fitness

“Stephanie was looking online at retirement communities in Massachusetts because we wanted to move closer to our son and his family in Reading,” says Larry, who worked in the Office of Security for the U.S. Information Agency. “That’s how we found Brooksby.”

When the couple first arrived in Massachusetts, Larry spent his time exploring outdoor fitness options.

“The Danvers Rail Trail runs adjacent to Brooksby Village and is a great place to walk,” he says. “I also like to golf, so I’ve enjoyed playing The Meadow at Peabody Golf Course.”

His first winter at Brooksby, Larry took his exercise pursuits indoors once the cold weather arrived.

“I started going to group exercise classes, working out in the fitness center, and building up my endurance in the indoor swimming pool,” he says.

Motivated to stay fit

For Larry, physical activity has long been a part of his daily routine.

“When I worked in Washington, D.C., I used to jog along the National Mall during my lunch break,” he says. “Then I was recalled by the Air Force for two years. While I was overseas, I worked out in the gym on the base. Then when I went back to my job with the State Department, I’d stop at the Marine Corps gym and work out after work.”

Now at Brooksby, Larry’s even more engaged and committed to regular exercise.

“Once we moved here, I decided that since I don’t have a job anymore, my job could be staying fit,” says Larry. “I try to do something every day.”

Larry attends several group fitness classes over the course of a week, including Get Up and Get Fit, Hatha Yoga, Men in Motion, and Aqua Chi.

“The thing is, there’s something you can do every day here,” says Larry, who also likes to visit the fitness center before or after a class to spend a few minutes on the treadmill or elliptical machines.

The fitness and aquatics center at Brooksby Village offers between 25 and 30 group exercise classes weekly. 

“We welcome residents of all abilities and fitness levels,” says Fitness Manager Rokia Paone. “Our highly trained staff will help customize a program that’s just right for you.”

Larry, for his ongoing commitment to health and wellness, was recognized as the Brooksby Fitness Center’s Member of the Month in March 2019.

He’s also a regular participant in the annual Brooksby Village run, which sees residents complete a one-mile course around the community. In 2019, Larry was the first-place finisher.

“The variety of options here keeps me motivated and engaged,” says Larry. “There’s always the opportunity to try something new, and that keeps me coming back day after day.”