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Oak Crest Fitness & Aquatics Center Expanding Due to Popular Demand

January 31, 2017

Parkville, Maryland--According to a Nielsen survey, nearly 70 percent of all New Year's resolutions are either to "stay fit and healthy" or "lose weight."

Residents of Oak Crest, the Erickson Living retirement community, enjoy a "home-field advantage" to achieving their health & wellness goals all year long….with enhanced facilities just around the corner.

"I'm looking forward to so much in 2017," stated Temica Hopson, Fitness Manger at Oak Crest.  "But most of all I'm excited about our new personal training studio and the expansion of the pool and group exercise room currently scheduled to be completed this summer.  The studio will allow us to provide more personalized attention during training sessions.  The larger pool means more residents can participate in our fantastic aquatics program to reap the benefits of warm water exercise."

"Last but not least, more group exercise space will increase our ability to hold new classes like TRX and Zumba," noted Mrs. Hopson.  "Residents will enjoy spacious spa-like locker rooms and a cardiovascular training area with over 25 new pieces of equipment."

During construction, the fitness center has been temporarily relocated within the Town Center clubhouse for residents to use 24/7, and free shuttle service is being provided to Merritt Athletic Club in Towson for swimming.

Resident input and demand for these popular services were driving influences for the expansion project underway in Town Center.  In 2016, residents made more than 32,500 visits to the fitness center and completed nearly 3,100 personal training appointments.  The wellness professionals, including Renee Hill (Fitness Coordinator), Connor Hibbs (Fitness Specialist) and Laura Selvage (Fitness Specialist), conducted close to 200 assessments for new members. 

Michael and JoAnne Doddo were among the new residents who took advantage of the health and wellness offerings.  The couple moved to Oak Crest in February, 2016 from Langhorne, Pennsylvania to be closer to their family.

Mr. Doddo, a retired school administrator, hits the fitness center up to four days per week, using the NuStep, free weights and leg exercise machines.  "We belonged to a gym in Langhorne so staying fit has always been part of our lifestyle," he said.  "Jo Anne and I haven't missed a beat at Oak Crest.  Since day one, the staff has been helpful and encouraging to us, and it's been fun to meet other residents with similar interests."

For forty years, Mrs. Doddo has embraced the challenge of distance running.  With her sons, she competed in the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia, the largest 10-mile road race in the country.  "Running has always been part of my overall fitness regimen, and at Oak Crest, I try to run three miles outdoors every other day," she said.  "I also use the equipment in the center and do yoga." 

So how about those New Year's resolutions?  The best approach is finding an activity that is personally appealing, advises Mrs. Hopson.

"Selecting an exercise or program that you enjoy means you are more likely to stick with it," she says.  "After consulting with a physician to make sure you're ready to begin, know that consistency is the key to seeing and achieving results.  Do what you like, but do it often."

About Oak Crest:  Oak Crest is one of nineteen continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living.  Located in Parkville, Maryland the scenic 87-acre campus is home to more than 2,100 residents.  Oak Crest is the ideal greater Baltimore retirement destination offering a true sense of community, convenience beyond compare and a sensible financial structure. 

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