Winter-Spring 2023 Director’s Letter

It can be tough figuring out how to keep your physical and mental health in check with everything going on, and many people look to the New Year to start a new exercise program, yet struggle to stay motivated to stick with the new habits. Starting a new exercise routine is not only valuable for your physical health, exercise has the potential to have an overall positive effect on your mental health as well. The real challenge for most is figuring out where to start, and finding something you enjoy doing. We want to help you find your way to health, and happiness, in 2023.

The reality is that not all exercise is created equal, and cardio vs. strength is the long battled debate. Combining the to two can add variety and decrease the chance for losing motivation. Recent research has found that those doing strength training in combination with moderate to vigorous aerobic activity can realize valuable health benefits throughout their lifespan, and the results applied to all age groups. Exercise is not just about aerobic capacity and muscle size, or your waistline. People who exercise regularly tend to do so because it gives them an enormous sense of well-being, they feel more energetic throughout the day, sleep better at night, have sharper memories and feel more relaxed and positive about themselves and their lives. Regular exercise can have a profoundly positive impact on depression, anxiety, stress and overall mood. And you don’t have to be a fitness fanatic to reap the benefits. Research indicates that modest amounts of exercise can make a real difference. When faced with mental or emotional challenges in life, exercise can help you build resilience and cope in a healthy way.  

A great way to stay motivated is to make exercise a social activity. Exercising with a friend will not only make exercising more fun and enjoyable, it can also help motivate you to stick to an exercise routine. In fact, the companionship can be just as important as the exercise. With this in mind we are starting a promotion for all current members. All current members who have had an active membership for at least three months and bring in a friend that initiates a monthly membership will receive a AH Shaker Bottle, while supplies last. See Details On Page 4.

In addition to exercise, recreational activities are also great for the mind, body and spirit. Numerous studies indicate that participation in recreational classes offers a wide – and often unexpected – range of benefits, regardless of one’s age or level of experience. To kick off the New Year, we are ready to bring a full list of recreation activities to our community that provide social interaction, family bonding and new experiences. We hope you take the opportunity to engage in a sport, new class and presentation.

Thank you,

J.C. Kennedy

Parks & Recreation Director