“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 Princeton Senior Living in Lee’s Summit, 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 beginning every morning with a fitness class. This session is different every day and not only helps them move their bodies, but we work on core strength, flexibility, and balance. We also offer unique fitness events like water aerobics, walking club, and corn hole.
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 will discuss the importance of walking, go for walks, encourage others to walk with us, and have prizes for those who participate.
To continue the habit beyond this week, we will utilize local area parks for nature walks and even create a scavenger hunt at one of the local parks nearest to us to add another layer of fun We will also use our community space as a walking trail for those who prefer to stay closer to home.
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!