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Date: 3/22/2020
Subject: The Importance of Exercise
From: Gina Morrison



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March 22, 2020

Dear Beacon Hill Village Members

 

Exercise.

 

We all know how important exercise is – especially for those of us over 60.

 

Regular exercise is important for both our physical and mental health. Thankfully, there are still lots of ways to get a good workout, even while social distancing, which we should all know by now means, “maintaining distance (approximately 6 feet or 2 meters) from others when possible,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

 

Exercise can help manage stress, strengthen the immune system, and improve energy levels. And boost our mood! In the current state of anxiety, even the lightest of exercise can make a huge difference in how we feel. 


Here are some thoughts on how we can keep up with our exercise while social distancing:

  • Keep up your PT routine. If you have exercises prescribed by physical therapists, make it your priority to continue doing them. Designate a specific time, set an alarm, and do them regularly! Consider asking a friend to check-in and help you stay accountable. Be a mutual support to one another.
  • Walk. If the weather is good, and your destination isn’t crowded, go! Equal parts transportation and gym alternative, short outdoor strolls are both practical and a boon to our overall health.
  • Walk with BHV. Beacon Hill Village is putting together small member-led walking groups made up of 4-5 people. We will meet at a designated time and location, weather permitting, and walk for 45 minutes to an hour, while maintaining a safe distance. Walking routes may include the Esplanade, the Public Garden, the Boston Common, and other locales members recommend. More information on these walking groups will be forthcoming.
  •  Stretch with BHV. As we move into spring, come stretch outdoors with your fellow members in small groups. Led by a member or by Cindy Sullivan (BHV fitness instructor), this is an outdoor activity to look forward to. More information about stretching groups will be forthcoming.

Workout at home (with Cindy Sullivan!). Here are the virtual options:

  • Pre-recorded videos. Cindy has pre-recorded an “Active Ager Workout” video that you can watch. Check it out here the pass word is ‘Cindy Sullivan Fitness’ to follow along at any time as she leads you through the exercise routine including segments on strength, balance, cardio and flexibility. You may break up the workout into segments or do it all at one time. Cindy has kindly offered this to Beacon Hill Village Members for no charge for two months.
  • Cindy’s DVD. Another option is to purchase an exercise DVD for $20.00 directly from Cindy. Email Cindy at cindysullivanfitness@gmail.com.
  • On Zoom. Another option will be attending a virtual Fitness w/ Cindy once or twice a week via Zoom. Stay tuned for more information on Cindy’s live class. If you are new to using Zoom, here is the link to the overview on how to use it.

 

Workout at home (your way!). Here are some options to consider:

 

  • FlexTogether. FlexTogether brings the social experience of a senior fitness class online and into your home. FlexTogether is a free online fitness studio designed to reduce loneliness and social isolation for older adults. All classes are available on-demand and can be viewed from any browser. To register, check it out here
  • Try a new Fitness App on your mobile device. To learn more visit visit to read about 8 popular Fitness Apps for Older Adults. (Note: these are free apps, but some have in-app purchases).
  • Ethos at ethocare.org has just started to stream some of its health and wellness presentations on the Internet via Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Those videos will also be archived and posted on their website, please visit to view at any time after the broadcast.
  • Virtual Tai Chi with Joshua Grant. Join Joshua every Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. for Tai Chi in his virtual Zoom classroom here $60 for monthly payable to Joshua via Venmo or mailed check. Email Joshua Grant at gulong16@gmail.com for more information and help getting started in his classroom.

 

If you have ideas on how we can keep fit during this period of social distancing or if you have any questions, please email info@beaconhillvillage.org.

 

Go forth in health and happiness!

 

 

Gina Morrison, Executive Director on behalf of

 

The COVID-19 Response Team – Doug Fitzsimmons, President; Karen Garvin, Vice-President and Chair of the Coordinating and Program Committees; Betsy Peterson, Board Member and Secretary; Joanne Cooper, Chair of the Services Committee; Stephen Roop, Board Member; Barbara Roop, Chair of LWEW Committee; and Gina Morrison, Executive Director.