Move More Month

“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 Castlewood Senior Living in Nixa, 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 encouraging an active lifestyle that is tailored to the many levels of physical ability that is vital to the Castlewood community. Physical activity takes many forms, to include not just typical forms of exercise, but also physical games, dance, and individual fitness efforts. The “fun factor” of exercise is increased by combining activities with music and social events.

Castlewood residents enthusiastically participate in chair volleyball, bocce ball, cornhole, and other games. Numerous residents walk independently or make use of the onsite fitness room. One resident leads a water aerobics class three times a week.

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.

We will celebrate National Walking Week with fun walking events throughout the week, such as “Walk and Talk” with discussion or trivia questions during the walk, and “Walking with Sugar” our therapy dog. There will be a “pedometer prize” at the end of the week. Residents and staff will be encouraged to use a pedometer or download an app on their cell phones. A prize will be given for the greatest number of steps for the week.

Our residents can’t wait to take advantage of our new covered deck. We plan to do a walking circle around the property that ends at the deck for refreshments and social time. Our residents appreciate staying active together, so we love that we can use our community spaces to meet their needs. We also believe strongly in having fun while still staying active, so we work to ensure our programming is well rounded with both fitness and uplifting events as well as educational and more!

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