At King Bruwaert House in Burr Ridge, fitness is more than a class. It’s a way of life.
“It’s mind, body and soul,” said Barbara Schafer, senior director of hospitality and wellness at the retirement community on County Line Road.
The facility’s culture of fitness is fostered throughout each day, beginning with a healthy breakfast that is followed by several opportunities to get the body moving.
“Classes run in every part of KB,” from the memory care area to the independent residences – KB Woods and Godair Park, Schafer said.
Those who are able to stand while exercising can take a fitness and movement class every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning. The class combines music with moves to keep the heart and other muscles fit while improving and maintaining balance.
A “sit and be fit” class is held Monday through Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Participants use weights, bands, stretching exercises and more to increase strength, flexibility and overall health. Tai Chi and chair yoga are also popular among the residents of KB House. And there’s no limit to who can benefit.
“We have a 103-year-old resident who does Tai Chi,” Schafer said. “She is motivated, and that is encouraging to the other residents, too.”
KB also has outdoor walking trails. A small group of residents takes to the trails every morning at 7 a.m. Another handful of residents ride their bikes.
In the strength training room, residents can follow a pre-arranged circuit of exercises that work each muscle group, or perform exercises of their own choosing.
KB takes advantage of fitness opportunities throughout the community, as well. Transportation is offered to nearby swimming facilities, where KB residents can enjoy the benefits of water aerobics and other water fitness activities.
The benefits of physical activity go beyond physical health, Schafer said. Fitness classes also offer social interaction, which is vital to mental well-being. As stated before, fitness is about mind, body and soul. That’s why KB House offers a full schedule of activities and services that include on-site physical therapy; speech, occupational and massage therapies; book clubs, bridge and mahjong, to encourage brain fitness and socialization.
“Everyone here encourages residents to keep moving and stay active,” Schafer said. “It’s good for everybody.”