Eighteen years ago, Teresa McCormack’s husband, Tom McCormack, a national record-breaking runner, inspired her to develop her own fitness routine by encouraging her to join The Wellness Center. Though she worked full-time as a speech and language pathologist, she took the advice of her husband and another friend to make her health a priority with regular workout sessions.
Today, at age 61, you will see her at The WC most days of the week working out with friends in classes like R.I.P.P.E.D, Power Pump, Power Surge, WERQ or Kickboxing. She also runs on the treadmill and swims in the indoor and outdoor pool as often as possible. “I try to take advantage of just about everything,” McCormack said. “I like to mix it up.”
Before she began taking weight lifting classes, she didn’t feel she knew how to lift weights. “The reason classes are so beneficial is because the instructor walks you through it, teaching you how to lift weights correctly with proper form and how each exercise benefits different muscle groups,” she said. “It’s been a great experience for me.”
The comradery of class is also a huge benefit. “I think it inspires me to workout with other people,” she said. “Just like it’s more fun to run with a friend, in classes you have people who encourage you to reach your goals.”
Instructors teach members how to reach their individual potential, and they modify exercises according to different abilities. McCormack’s instructors have advised her during and after class on stretches and techniques to build strength and endurance. “I know that I am stronger now and that I’ve been able to firm up all my muscles,” she said. “It’s really good for women to lift weights as we get older – it’s healthy on so many different levels.”
And how does she feel at the end of each week? Blessed, she said, because she is able to exercise even more regularly now than she could prior to retirement. “I was worried I would gain weight after retirement, so that’s when I started working harder,” she said.
A friend had advised her when she joined The WC nearly 20 years ago to “just keep going and make it a part of your life,” and McCormack said that friend was right. “I’ve always appreciated that advice,” she said.
So now, she encourages others to do the same. “Just try the classes,” she advises. Whether people are interested in weight lifting or cardio classes, running, swimming, meeting a personal goal, training for an event, or just getting stronger, she said the resources available at The WC are hard to beat.
“I would hate to move because I love The Wellness Center,” she said. “All the instructors care so much about you and your health. I now look forward to working out; I never dread going to exercise. I just feel blessed that at 61, I can still do this.”
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Marvin Eichorn has a lot of numbers in his life. He's the father of three children. He sleeps about five hours a night. He has run at least six miles a day during the week for many years (and normally 10 on weekends) - at one point he maintained a streak of 9 and a half years without missing a day. He's also executive vice president, chief operating officer and corporate treasurer for Mountain States Health Alliance. His responsibilities include oversight of all 13 Mountain States hospitals, the retail and ambulatory divisions.
"My fitness routine allows me to set the tone for the remainder of the day, and that's why I like to get it done early," Eichorn said. "A good amount of exercise makes me more alert at work, and I hope it increases my longevity. I just feel better when I have a good workout under my belt."
Eichorn is a member of The Wellness Center (The WC), where he does his morning runs and takes fitness classes. He started using the fitness center after his son turned 16. Then another member of The WC approached him to take a class with her, and since then he has been recruiting other members to take classes with him.
He uses the phrase "fitness family" to describe the camaraderie among The WC members. "In the classes you cheer each other on, you challenge each other, and it makes the class more enjoyable when you are with friends," Eichornsaid. "It's as though 40 of my best friends are there. We all know each other, and if someone is not there we ask about them. I can get my workout in, and I catch up with friends at the same time. The WC is my second family."
Taking the "Cycle" and "Double Trouble" classes with Holly Harris are two other mainstays in Eichorn's routine. He shares, "Holly's classes help me push harder than I would on my own, and she holds everyone accountable while making sure we use proper form."
For those who are thinking about how they can improve their health, Eichorn recommends finding a routine that works for them. "My routine isn't normal," he said. "But I worry about people who don't exercise at all. I'd advise them to look for something they like to do, and get in at least 15 to 30 minutes a day, 5 to 6 days a week. And I would love to see more people experience The WC!"
A healthy exercise routine offers benefits that can lead to improved health and wellbeing. The WC is here for those - like Eichorn - who are striving to reach their personal goals and enjoy the best health possible.
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