At Woodstone, we offer residents the opportunity to move their body by working on their balance, mobility and strength through our exercise classes. Being healthy is important for our residents both mentally and physically. Our Community Life Coordinator helps the residents put together a fitness plan so that they can achieve any fitness goals that they might have.
Woodstone resident Sid Goemer, has seen many benefits of working out throughout his lifetime. Growing up, he worked on his family farm which was very time consuming and a lot of work. This was after World War ll, which meant that nothing was automated and it was all hands on labor. Sid always makes time during the week to go to the gym at least 5-6 times. He first starts with “rowing the boat” for 12-15 minutes and always walks at least a mile a day. He feels that “rowing the boat” is the best exercise since it uses both your arm and leg muscles. Exercising is important for his lifestyle and helps him feel his best.
Woodstone in Rice Lake has a “Let’s Walk Group” every afternoon. They either walk the halls or walk outside depending on the weather. The residents look forward to this since it’s important for their help and is also a social event for them to participate in. By having this walking group, it gets them moving and they can see what’s going on around the building. They keep themselves active by playing swatter ball and virtually participating in a physical therapy session that the UW Lacrosse class created for them. Swatter ball is a game that they play with their memory care and care suites residents. To play, each person gets a fly swatter and they have to hit the balloon back and forth. They absolutely love playing this since it gets everyone involved.
“If you don’t use it, you lose it. Keep on moving if you can”- Gloria Woitte
- Maintains healthy joints, muscles and bones
- Helps control pain and joint swelling (arthritis)
- Makes you happier (your body releases endorphins)
- Reduces anxiety and depression
- Increases cardiovascular strength
- Increases balance-centric and flexibility
- Prevents unwanted falls
- Helps flexibility and range of motion
At Woodstone, we are proud to offer exercise classes that our residents can attend. We are completely committed to helping our residents maintain their independence and achieve their fitness goals. Exercising or simply just keeping your body moving improves mental and physical health. Learn more about what we have to offer at Woodstone for our residents.