“Health is a state of body. Wellness is a state of being.” – J. Stanford.

At Plymouth Harbor we couldn’t agree more. Over the years, our definition of healthy living has certainly expanded. When we first opened our doors in 1966, an active lifestyle simply meant engaging in activities such as gardening and shuffleboard. Years later, a new approach — “wellness” — started becoming more prominent. Wellness offers a unique perspective on healthy living, one that emphasizes a balance of social, spiritual, community, professional, emotional, intellectual, and physical activities.

Along with this approach came a new definition of physical wellness, one that had grown to include more comprehensive fitness programming like those seen at the YMCA and other health clubs. In keeping with this trend, Plymouth Harbor opened the doors to our very own state-of-the-art Wellness Center in 2014, featuring professional staff, new equipment, knowledgeable instructors, and variety of fitness classes. With experienced staff onsite, residents were now able to receive a multitude of benefits, including fitness assessments, orientations, and enhanced programming.

By 2015, with the help of contracted instructors, the Wellness Center was able to offer at least 10 separate fitness classes each month, meeting two to three times per week. Today, the Wellness Center has expanded so much that weekend classes were added to our monthly programming in order to offer more options for our residents. Thirteen different classes are now provided, including our latest additions, Sit Fit+ and Yoga, which are offered on Saturday mornings. In addition, the Wellness Center continues to produce numerous take-home brochures, DVDs, and guidelines for in-home fitness.

Resident Elsa Price is a familiar face in the Wellness Center. While she used to regularly attend scheduled classes, Elsa now focuses her attention on dancing — with private dance lessons in the Group Fitness Room with instructor Jim Helmich (who also teaches one of our Line Dancing classes). Elsa says, “Not too many years ago, the Wellness Center looked quite different. Now, we have a beautiful center that is staffed by very competent people, and a dance floor that provides space not only for dancing but also for fitness. This dedication to mobility promotes a pathway to good health. It’s a wonderful improvement and a welcoming sign for those coming in.”

We are thrilled that the Wellness Center has become such an important resource in the daily lives of our residents, and we look forward to continually expanding our offerings.