Chicago Retirement Community The Clare Introduces Workout-to-Go for Traveling Residents Who Want to Stay in Shape

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The Clare has introduced its Workout-to-Go program for residents who are traveling, developed by Melissa Cusick, director of The Clare Athletic Club. The program delivers a custom developed fitness routine for travelers, based on their fitness level, interests, method of transportation and destination.

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“There are residents who are really dedicated to fitness, and work out regularly. I wanted to make sure that they had the opportunity to maintain their routine or some variation of it, while they’re traveling the four corners of the world,” Cusick said.

Late summer is the most popular vacation time of the year, and residents of The Clare are ardent travelers. Melissa Cusick, director of The Clare Athletic Club, is all in favor of residents relaxing on vacation, but not to excess. “There are residents who are really dedicated to fitness, and work out regularly. I wanted to make sure that they had the opportunity to maintain their routine or some variation of it, while they’re traveling the four corners of the world,” she said.

Cusick developed Workout-to-Go for any interested resident of The Clare. “I always encourage residents to use fitness centers in their hotels when they’re traveling, but this is a back-up game plan when that’s not a possibility or desirable,” she said.

The program delivers a custom developed fitness routine for travelers, based on their fitness level, interests and even method of travel and destination. Resident Karol Moller took her Workout-to-Go with her on an Alaskan cruise. “She told me she’d seen my flyer and thought it would be a good idea for her trip. She hoped that the routine would keep her active so that she didn’t gain weight while she was away,” said Cusick. “She attends group fitness three times each week and doesn’t want to lose the progress that she’s made while traveling. She also wanted to maintain the strength and endurance that she’d already achieved.”

Cusick put together a routine using stretchy exercise bands. “They’re easy to pack in a suitcase and travel with. I included a sheet with pictures of the different exercises,” she said. The result surpassed Cusick’s expectations. “Karol’s granddaughter who was traveling with her, exercised with her. They worked out together and had a buddy system. They had a blast with it,” said Cusick.

Cusick will continue to offer the Workout-to-Go program throughout the year for any residents traveling, and willing to take their fitness routine along.

About The Clare:
The Clare at Rush and Pearson is a Life Care retirement community in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast with incomparable lifestyle, amenities and the financial stability only a debt-free community can offer. The Terraces at The Clare, which partners with Northwestern Memorial Hospital, provides assisted living, memory support, rehabilitation and skilled nursing. The Terraces has earned the 5-star quality rating by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The Clare is owned by Chicago Senior Care and managed by Life Care Services. For more information visit: http://www.TheClare.com or call 312-784-8100.

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