“In January 2020, the Board of Directors of the AVA: America’s Walking Club, declared the first seven days of April to be “National Walking Week” which would include the traditional “National Walking Day” sponsored by the American Heart Association from 2007 to 2019.”
At The Fremont Senior Living in Springfield, MO, we strive to make sure that our residents stay active and healthy to ensure they enjoy their golden years in the best ways possible! Each of our residents has unique interests when it comes to fitness – some enjoy walking outdoors at local parks while others get their workout in at our cardio drumming classes. With that in mind, we adapt our fitness programs according to the tastes of our residents, utilizing both in-house fitness classes and our vendor partnerships to provide a variety of choices for our residents to stay active. Due to our unique resident group, the classes we provide may vary from those of our sister communities so that we are all meeting the needs of our individual residents.
As the Resident Services Director, I motivate my residents to stay active by providing variety and inspiration. As part of resident services, we offer fitness and exercise programs and encourage residents to join us daily for these programs as well as staying active independently. From in-person classes to virtual programming, we have it all! Residents can also stay fit and healthy independently using our Fitness Center and our walking path.
At The Fremont we have a variety of unique fitness events and programs that our residents can attend, as well as a fitness center and a walking path outside to stay active! We offer Cardio Drumming, Strength Training, Yoga, and Aerobics. We are always looking for new fitness routines to try as well. We also incorporate physical games, like bocce ball and corn hole, especially when the weather is nice!
When we think of celebrating National Walking Week, we don’t just see a way to stay active. We see an opportunity to interact with those in our communities and meet new friends along the way. In celebration of this week, walkers are encouraged to find the motivation to get active.
In celebration of National Walking Week, we plan to revamp our Walking Club. This group activity not only promotes physical health, but social wellbeing as well. There may even be some competition as the group organizes and challenges are made. With Spring and nicer weather, this should be the perfect time to “regroup” and start counting those steps again.
Throughout the year, we can continue to host special events with our Walking Club for various causes, to keep the walking effort going. At Arrow Senior Living, we have monthly traditions and some of these are in support of different causes, such as Autism Awareness or Alzheimer’s research. The Walking Club could host events to bring awareness and possibly even donations for the causes.
If you would like to participate in National Walking Week efforts in your area, visit https://ava.org/national-walking-week/ to find out more!