April 6, 2022
“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 VITALIA Senior Residences® at Stow in Stow, OH, 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 stay 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. I try to make exercise fun and not a chore.
At Vitalia Stow, 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 also incorporate physical games, like Balloflex, Breathe N Stretch, Noodle Ball, Disco Cize, and Aqua Aerobics. We are always looking for new fitness routines to try as well!
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 staff and all residents from all three of our buildings will be involved. To make things more fun, we are taking kites to fly and bubble making instruments to make bubbles as we jaunt. With Spring and nicer weather, this is the perfect time to be outdoors to get in some steps and enjoy a good walk.
As we continue a walking effort throughout the year, I will work with my residents and team to come up with different ways to keep walking fun and exciting because I don’t want fitness to ever be boring. For now, we just love to get together in groups and walk as we talk about our day.
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!
VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.
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