Senior Exercise Trail


Tuesday, October 3rd 2006, 10:35 am
By: News On 6


As we get older staying active may be more important to our overall wellness than when we were young. Inverness Village at 3800 West 71st Street in Tulsa has another innovative tool to help residents stay sharp.

As News on 6 reporter Rick Wells shows us, their new Life Trail is designed to exercise the mind and body.

Here they come; Carley Stebbins and Mary Jane Erickson are on the walking track trail heading for one of the new Life Trail stations. Ed Bentley is coming too; they are all residents at Inverness Village.

Jana Headrick is the wellness director she says this new Life Trail is different. "It's an easy way to for them to add strength training and flexibility into an already existing program."

She says this was actually designed with seniors in mind. Keeping up with the ladies is tough. At one station, it is lower body stretching. It offers a couple of different stretches with instructions on how to do it. Carley Stebbins: "things you don't normally do while you're walking." So they stretched.

There are ten of the kiosk like stations spread out along the walking trails. Mary Jane Erickson: "I usually walk all the way around with the life trail you can stop and do something different."

These Life Trails are new; there are only 13 in the country. Each of the ten stations offers something for the mind and the body including instruction, encouragement and philosophy. For example…"A positive attitude won't solve all your problems but it will annoy enough people to make it worth the effort.”