First Exercise Class with Future Mother-in-Law

Joan Rumrill gives credit to her mother-in-law, her daughter and even to JoRene, but credit needs to spotlight Joan for making exercise such a central part of her life.

“Right after high school, I began exercising at adult night school with my future Mother-in-Law.  She was a drill sergeant in the Marine Corps during WWII and a great advocate of exercise. She said ‘exercise is the key to good health.’  I’ve exercised consistently my whole adult life; I’ve also enjoyed a healthy life.”

When Joan was in her early 40’s she became a workaholic. “Exercise was a low priority. That’s when my daughter marched me down to the new Oakland YMCA and signed me up. For the next six years, every weekday morning began with exercise, 6 to 8 am. Work began at 9. I was very fit and competed in several mini triathlons.” She also was asked to give a motivational presentation to a Y group. After that, they featured her in a Y magazine.  

These days Joan’s favorite exercise is dancing, followed by OHI exercise classes and, “during summer and fall, I do water aerobics.”

I try to make exercise a priority everyday, but occasionally life gets in the way. I have my back up plan. For example, I might play Wii Tennis at night If I didn’t exercise at least 30 minutes during the day.

Since my daughter gave me an Apple Watch for my 75th Birthday, I’ve been on a team of four women who participate in monthly challenges.” Joan explains, “Each day I strive to meet the goal, earning ‘bonus points’ for me and for my teammates. Our team was in the top 10% (out of 8,000 teams) for the past 2 months. The other members all live in different states, are in their 50’s and still working. It’s fun to chat and share motivational messages through the app.”

Joan speaks with a positive attitude: “I’ve been so thankful that JoRene provided us with Zoom exercise classes until we were able to return to the Berger Center.” Joan lives the value of exercise.

Disclaimer for all:
Equipment for JoRene’s class: Non-skid mats, 3# hand weights, athletic shoes (supportive but not too grippy,) and a water bottle – hydration revitalizes. Fragrance-Free, please. Share the floor with kindness.

Word to the wise: For your safety, good balance and lateral movement are needed for quick aerobic moves. A fall may cause serious injury. Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise regimen. Free Fitness Classes are too large to accommodate those who need special supervision. If you have shoulder, back, knee problems, anything that is painful, it is advisable to join a smaller, well-supervised class first, and consult a personal trainer or medical professional to learn modifications that are suitable to your condition. Participants need to use their judgment and body awareness… altering each exercise to prevent injury.  Be careful dear ones. Welcome!

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