PLANO, Texas January 29, 2018 – With the first month of the new year almost behind us, many have already given up on their resolutions. However, that isn’t the case for the senior residents of The Legacy Willow Bend life care retirement community, who are setting the standard for an active and healthy lifestyle. Under the guidance of Alice Carpenter, wellness coordinator at The Legacy Willow Bend, residents of the community participate in various programs which supplement their individual fitness regimens. Classes such as tai chi, Zumba, yoga and stretching offer variety and motivate residents daily as they work out in the community’s state-of-the-art fitness center. Some residents work out five to seven days a week.
“When it comes to exercising regularly, we never questioned the importance and simply made it a part of our daily routine,” said resident Mary West. “We are getting older, and if we want to continue doing the things we love, staying active will make that possible. We don’t set lofty goals for ourselves, instead we have a desire to maintain our independence and feel better. It takes time and work, but exercising is something that I genuinely enjoy doing and certainly makes me happier.”
Mary and Mike West are dedicated to maintaining their overall well-being by participating in a variety of classes and initiatives at the community. Both 79, the Wests have found the perfect balance of individual and group activities to engage in whole-body wellness benefiting the mind, body and spirit. For most, finding the discipline to remain active more than once a week is rare, however, the Wests spend time in the fitness center as many as seven days a week. Their dedication is an example to others, and they continuously motivate their friends and neighbors.
“There’s something for everyone here at The Legacy,” said Mike. “The team does an incredible job of tailoring the programs to fit each person’s strengths and weaknesses. It also helps that Alice is always encouraging people to try something new or discover a class that incorporates their past activities or interests. There’s definitely something to be said for a wellness program that meets you where you need it most.”
For residents like Colonel Ben Greenfield, 84, it’s the adaptability of the wellness programs at the community that have allowed him to remain active. After facing recent health challenges, Greenfield believes his active lifestyle led to a quick recovery. Greenfield can be found at The Legacy Willow Bend’s fitness center three times a week, where he walks three miles on the treadmill before moving to other equipment and exercises. While Greenfield finds that each activity benefits him in various ways, it’s tai chi that gives him the most strength. Greenfield took his first tai chi class ten years ago and has never looked back. According to Greenfield, immediately following a class he is in an almost euphoric state, feeling calm and relaxed in mind and body.
“Having been in the military, I’ve always understood the importance of keeping fit,” said Greenfield. “As I’ve aged, that knowledge has helped me to maintain my physical health, and that has made the difference in my overall health and well-being. It’s important to know your body and what makes you feel stronger, allowing you to keep moving. Growing old isn’t for the faint of heart as there are more than enough changes to throw you off balance, but my daily mindset is to just take it one step at a time.”
“We’re inspired daily by the dedication of residents like Colonel Greenfield and the Wests who are determined to live life to the fullest,” said Laura Levy, executive director of The Legacy Willow Bend. “At The Legacy Willow Bend, we pride ourselves on providing residents with countless resources to achieve whole-body wellness. We hope that the dedication of our residents inspires others to stick to their resolutions as we move further into 2018.”