New Energy Wellness Program helps senior citizens strength train, build muscle

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(July 1, 2015) – Mary Shambaugh is 78 years young and wants to enjoy every bit of her life. So she joined the New Energy Wellness Program through American Senior Living.

“I was getting older and felt that I did not have the energy that I used to have. I have two hip replacements and so I knew I needed to keep those in working order, or I was going to be chair bound. I didn’t want that,” said Shambaugh.

Fractures are a leading cause of hospitalization of senior citizens. The data in support of strength building is irrefutable.

Mary knows the facts, so she committed to going to the New Energy Wellness program three times a week. She uses nearly every machine, including the treadmill and tricep press.  She even does abdominal crunches.

“If you’re not in the business of building muscle you’re in the business of losing muscle,” says Keesha Crispo, the Health Promotions Coordinator for American Senior Living. “If you want to be active daily, and continue to be independent, you need to be in some strength building program.”

Keesha works with Mary at every machine in the center. The SciFit and Nautilus machines use one pound increments, so progress happens fast. Mary’s workout is prescribed and approved by her doctor.

“We monitor their vitals before and after every workout. They come three times a week and it’s specialized,” says Keesha.

Mary Shambaugh is a mother of three grown children. Her daughter is her biggest cheerleader.

Working out is something Mary looks forward to. It’s made her stronger and happier, and she’s made new friends.

The cost to belong to the center is 35 dollars a month. Mary lives independently and hopes to keep it that way for as long as possible.

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