Move More Month

“In January 2020, the Board of Directors of the AVA: America’s Walking Club, declared the first seven days of April to be “National Walking Week” which would include the traditional “National Walking Day” sponsored by the American Heart Association from 2007 to 2019.”

At Cedar Trails Senior Living in Freeburg, IL, we strive to make sure that our residents stay active and healthy to ensure they enjoy their golden years in the best ways possible! Each of our residents has unique interests when it comes to fitness – some enjoy walking outdoors at local parks while others get their workout in at our cardio drumming classes. With that in mind, we adapt our fitness programs according to the tastes of our residents, utilizing both in-house fitness classes and our vendor partnerships to provide a variety of choices for our residents to stay active. Due to our unique resident group, the classes we provide may vary from those of our sister communities so that we are all meeting the needs of our individual residents.

As The Resident Services Director, I motivate my residents to stay active with open communication and an optimistic approach – a positive attitude can be most encouraging. On nice days, we go outside and walk. Sit & Be Fit is scheduled three times a week. Some other unique fitness events our community offers include Hall Walking to Visit Your Neighbor, Bean Bag Toss, Olympics, Scavenger Hunt, Gardening, and Watering Plants.

When we think of celebrating National Walking Week, we don’t just see a way to stay active. We see an opportunity to interact with those in our communities and meet new friends along the way. In celebration of this week, walkers are encouraged to find the motivation to get active.

To celebrate National Walking Week, we are planning a walk-a-thon in the halls each morning.  Also, with good weather, a trip to the park for a walk outside is planned. The residents will be excited to get away from the community to see some new sites and stroll some new paths. Walk To Your Health Day will be celebrated with beverages, fruit, and entertainment.

Fitness classes are something that we always include on the monthly events calendar, and we continuously encourage our residents to participate and stay active. We always invite residents to bring their friends and make it both a wellness and social setting. Exercising is always more fun when you are doing it with a friend.

If you would like to participate in National Walking Week efforts in your area, visit to find out more!