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Exercise and Elmhurst Go Hand-In-Hand for Good Health

WHEELING — There’s an old adage that says you’re only as old as you feel.

At Elmhurst, The House of Friendship senior assisted living residence in Wheeling, there’s a multitude of options for staying fit and active no matter what the birthday calendar- number indicates.

Residents at the 127-year old non-profit residence enjoy exercise classes in the morning, three times a week. Standing and seated exercises are led by Samantha Kestner, program director, and her assistant, Melissa Mansuetto.

On other days, residents can be found enjoying a chair yoga class via a video presentation with Mansuetto demonstrating. Stretching and strengthening muscles is a goal, according to Mansuetto, who added that participants enjoyed the sessions every two weeks so much they asked for weekly sessions.

A weekly stretch class is followed by a popular Wii bowling session. Bowlers have an option to sit or stand to toss their virtual bowling ball toward a large screened television. Additionally, individual residents hop on the treadmill or stationary bicycle or walk the garden paths on the campus which is located on National Road in the city’s Pleasant Valley neighborhood.

“We know that a sedentary lifestyle is never a good thing if you want to stay healthy and active. At Elmhurst, we encourage our residents to join in activities that are geared towards a healthy body, no matter what their age,” Kestner said, adding, “We’ve received lots of positive feedback from residents who take that first step to get moving.”

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