WellesleyWeston Magazine


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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gram for women, says, "When you put your own health at the top of the list, you can become the best daughter, employee, businesswoman, mom, or partner." Guilt can take a back seat as women strive to regain or maintain good health. Weston Council on Aging offers women and men ages 60 and older full-body workout, yoga, and tai chi classes. Instructor Ellen Cohen-Kaplan, a physical and occupational therapist, teaches cardio- fitness and Zumba dance. "People today expect more of themselves and their bodies," Cohen-Kaplan says. Zumba requires participants to move in different ways, activating arms, legs, and core. Gentle jump- ing helps bone density, and the sequence of steps integrates brain with body. Dance music is a great motivator, and there's a social component as participants look forward to seeing each other weekly. Having scheduled workout times keeps participants accountable. Get in Shape member Connie Horgan joined the Weston studio when she had to admit that her treadmill, one of several attempts at fitness, had become a coatrack. Six years later, she finds the camaraderie, convenience, and results keep her coming in. Equally important, she knows that someone is expecting her to show up. As a working woman, it's easy to put clients and projects first. While retirement is a great time to join a gym, many older women continue their profes- sional lives. But older women may be coming to the gym for the first time ever. When they were growing up, exercise wasn't important unless a girl played sports, and Title IX hadn't yet increased the athletic opportunities for female students. Beautiful often meant thin, and thin meant dieting. Nutrition counseling is part of a whole body approach. For example, at FLX Training and GISFW, clients, if they choose, can talk with staff about how to replace un healthy foods with better choices. Calorie restriction isn't the focus, and knowing that someone sup- ports your goal to eat better makes it easier to make the right choices every day. "We're excited about what our bodies can do," says Nicole Kefalas, Wellesley GISFW manager, "Skinny is out. We need to eat to build muscle." At One2One Bodyscapes in Wellesley, Charlotte Davis McGhee has worked with trainer and manager Jeff Dosdall for more than a decade. She travels for work and can still get her suitcase into the overhead bin and walk the length of the largest airport. Balance and flexibility are important components of her workouts to reduce the chance of falling and to reduce the impact and recovery time if she were to fall. Dosdall fitness & health "replace unhealthy foods with better choices" 150 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 P H O T O S 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

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