MAC Fitness Center members find “community of strength” through exercise, support

May is Older Americans Month and the theme is “Communities of Strength.” Members of MAC’s Richard A. Henson Fitness Center developed their own community of strength through exercise and support.
“You have to keep moving so you can keep moving!”
That excellent advice comes from Joy Colliton of Salisbury … and she should know.
As her 88th birthday approaches in July, her lifetime of exercise continues with regular workouts at MAC’s Richard A. Henson Fitness Center.
This 5-foot-tall dynamo heads to the fitness center 3 days a week, enjoying stretch classes, personal training, and 30 minutes on the NuStep, a recumbent machine that helps users strengthen muscles around joints, improve range of motion and increase flexibility – all of which can also help to reduce pain and stiffness in joints.
Her routine also incorporates exercises for balance and strengthening her upper body.
She was drawn to MAC’s fitness center by the various programs targeted toward older persons (age 50 and older), and the smaller class size. It has been a good fit.
“When you’re older, you don’t want to be working out with all those young girls!” she laughed.
During the pandemic when the gym was closed, she tried to exercise at home. “But it’s hard to get motivated by yourself,” she said. “The social aspect of being with other people is important to me, and a huge part of what makes it (the gym) enjoyable.”
Her gym membership has spanned 4 years.
“The more you come, the more new friends you make,” she said.
Joy is truly reaping the benefits of a lifetime of exercise: endurance, energy, reduced stress, and simply feeling good.
But nowhere have the benefits been more important than in her role as a grandmother and great-grandmother: she can easily get down on the floor to play with the youngest family members. The energy she derives from regular exercise is also put to good use, enjoying family activities, sporting and scouting events, shows, and more with her 5 sons, 14 grandchildren and 7 great-grandchildren.
This 5-foot-tall dynamo loves her gym routine – the opportunity to “get going” and to do something good for herself.
“It gives me the feeling that I’m doing the best that I can for myself,” she said. “It is keeping me strong and healthy”
She offered one last piece of advice: “You’re never too old to exercise! Just give it a try and see what you can do!
“A lot of people feel like they can’t do things. Just come to a class (at MAC), they will adapt different exercises to what you CAN do.”
MAC’s Richard A. Henson Fitness Center is open to ages 50 and older, and anyone with a disability. For more information, call MAC at 410-742-0505 and ask for Extension 130.

1 Comment

  1. Rebecca L. Giles on May 28, 2021 at 12:39 pm

    Joy is awesome & a great role model for younger folks. We should all aspire to be as active and exercising the way Joy does. She is truly an inspiration for those who know her.