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Exercise Through Isolation Challenge Provides Inspiration to Keep Moving

Ground Hogs Day came early in 2022 with yet another Covid surge shutting down in person events, dining, and Wellness Center classes at Capitol Lakes. At the suggestion of one of our residents, your Capitol Lakes Foundation organized a two week exercise challenge to encourage residents to keep moving and exercising despite the obstacles January presented.

"For me January 2022 was among the hardest months of the entire pandemic," recounts Foundation Director, Lenee Kruse. "After nearly two years to be once again restricted was beyond discouraging. That's why I was so grateful to Capitol Lakes resident, Joan Burstyn, for suggesting the Foundation sponsor another exercise challenge to keep all of us moving forward together as a community, even if we had to be physically apart."

Pulling together the challenge quickly, Kruse wasn't sure what the response would be. She was more than pleasantly surprised when a record 46 residents accepted the challenge with over half reporting they exercised all 14 days!

In addition to the exercise, over a dozen residents also logged into Zoom for at least one of three virtual check-in meetings where participants could share progress, tips, and socialize. At the end of the challenge one lucky resident's name was drawn as the winner and awarded a gift certificate for a one-hour massage.

While only one Capitol Lakes resident "won" the challenge, many seemed to benefit from the motivation. Here are just some of the comments Kruse received:

"This inspired me to walk 10,000 steps a day"

"Thank you for suggesting this emphasis on exercising.  During the past two weeks I actually increased the number of times I went to the Wellness Center to use the equipment.  I hope this has encouraged me to have a more consistent habit of using the equipment."

"Thanks for keeping us exercising! Just marking it down on paper helped me get up and down those back stairs a couple of times a day!"

"Thanks so much for putting in the effort to bring the challenge to us. The challenge has, indeed, inspired me to exercise more regularly for the last two weeks. I surely needed that inspiration!"

While we certainly hope that this is the last Covid surge we'll see, your Capitol Lakes Foundation remains ready to confront challenges as they arise and continue enhancing the living experience for residents regardless of circumstance. 

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