WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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146 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 step inside a local fitness stu- dio, and you'll be pleasantly surprised by the mix of ages. From FLX Training to Get in Shape for Women (GISFW), women are investing time and energy in a healthy lifestyle. Studios draw a community of peo- ple who care about their health, and trainers guide participants to greater strength, flexi- bility, and endurance. From high schoolers to octogenarians, Weston and Wellesley women are committing to regular workouts to meet goals like reversing signs of aging or looking their best for a wedding. All trainers will modify a workout to meet any individual's needs. Joint replace- ment or injury, back pain, or pregnancy are all accommodated. Ellen Cohen-Kaplan, a fitness instructor in Weston says, "When we're younger, fitness is an option. When we get older, it's mandatory. Our bodies decline, but you can address and reverse the down- ward spiral." It's hard to define what's "old." Much depends on attitude, health, and retirement status. Age thresholds vary for joining AARP, the Council on Aging, and Medicare, but these are arbitrary guidelines. Feeling old depends in large part on what you can do and how engaged you are in meaningful activities. C O U R T E S Y O F B T O N E F I T N E S S / L U C I E W I C K E R P H O T O G R A P H Y wellness vitality condition strengthen nutrition diet stamina Strong Is Beautiful—at Any Age C A R O LY N S . E L L I S writer fitness & health

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