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Fitness a year-round resolution at Eagle’s Trace

January 18, 2019

According to a recent study by the University of Scranton, nearly 50 percent of people who make New Year’s resolutions fall short after just three months.

Of course, “getting in shape” is always one of the most popular promises made by Americans every January, yet it’s one of the most challenging to maintain. Fortunately, many residents of Eagle’s Trace have made achieving their fitness goals a year-long activity, empowered by on-campus resources and the ability to create individual plans.

The Erickson Living retirement community in west Houston features a fully equipped fitness center that is conveniently open 24/7 with the latest cardio and strength training equipment. In 2018, the fitness center averaged 1,200 visits per month, making it one of the most popular amenities at Eagle’s Trace.

Residents can also enjoy a relaxing swim at the indoor aquatics center complete with a heated pool and hot tub. Classes such as water aerobics are well-attended, too.

Shirley Woods, fitness coordinator at Eagle’s Trace, oversees these offerings. Her job is to help residents achieve personal goals, in part by balancing expectations with a personalized plan.

“The enthusiasm for better health through fitness displayed by our residents each and every day is inspirational,” said Woods.

A certified trainer with more than 30 years of experience, Woods teaches group exercise classes that include tai chi, pilates, yoga, water aerobics and the Ageless Grace program. She is joined at Eagle’s Trace by Phillip Kendrick, a fitness specialist. It’s all part of the integrated health and wellness program that includes a convenient on-site medical center.

For those committed to a New Year’s resolution involving fitness, Woods recommends that her residents check with a physician. Once cleared, embracing a variety of activities and classes is a must.

“People of all ages tend to take too much on at one time. Instead of resolving to get to the gym seven days per week for an hour, begin by working out three days per week for 30 minutes, for example,” Woods said. “Incremental change, whether it’s to lose weight or improve diet, is the way to go for long-term results.”

Once a routine is established, the benefits can be realized relatively quickly.

“There are so many advantages for older adults to maintain a fitness regimen. I’ve seen mood and energy levels improve as well as better test results for blood pressure and cholesterol. It’s a very positive lifestyle,” said Woods.

About Eagle’s Trace: Eagle’s Trace, one of 19 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is on a scenic 71-acre campus in west Houston. The community is located in Harris County and is home to more than 900 residents.

More information about Eagle’s Trace is at EaglesTraceCommunity.com.

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