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Posted: Wednesday, January 27, 2016

We’re getting healthier in 2016 with new fitness manager

Cody Christian has been Ingleside at King Farm’s new fitness manager for a little more than a month, but he’s already performed more than 100 fitness assessments for residents and developed individual programs to set them on a path to better health and wellness.

“I’m challenging everyone to make progress,” Cody says. “I’m developing classes for all fitness levels that people enjoy and are motivating.”

Cody has launched new classes for residents that focus on cardio fitness, strength and balance, and conducts several sessions specifically for memory care and assisted living residents.

And now, Cody has turned his attention to Ingleside at King Farm’s staff. He’s introduced a class that is a total body workout suitable for people of any fitness level, from sedentary to athletes.

“It’s very inclusive and allows us to work as a team, having fun while we’re doing it,” he says.

The class combines cardio and strength intervals to work on both heart health and muscular strength.

“Typically we will do a combination of cardio and strength training. We constantly change the style and exercises to keep it fun and interesting.”

When he first proposed the program, Cody says, some staff members said they weren’t sure if they could keep up in a class whose participants range in age from their 20s to their late 60s. So he focused on creating a safe environment where everyone would feel comfortable. By developing modifications of each exercise, people can work at their own level and take pride in progressing to more challenging variations.

Cody brought a background in corporate wellness to his work at King Farm. Originally from Minnesota, he earned a degree from the University of Minnesota at Duluth in public health education and promotion, learning to develop and evaluate programs as well as vision and mission for fitness programs. He came to D.C. for an internship in corporate wellness at the Government Accountability Office and International Monetary Fund and stayed in the position for two years. Then he decided to return to his greatest passion, health and wellness for people at both ends of the age spectrum. Youth and older adults, he says, can really benefit from wellness efforts to improve quality of life and longevity.

Besides teaching and evaluating fitness for staff and residents, Cody serves as a health coach. He promotes and practices the Seven Dimensions of Wellness: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness. These dimensions interact to create our quality of life. It’s a philosophy that Ingleside heartily endorses.

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