Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Another Step Toward Wellness

Many of you may recall my post about EZ's aquatic therapy. While this form of therapy definitely  proved to be enjoyable and beneficial to him, the cost was quite prohibitive considering our insurance did not cover it. So we began to look for other alternatives for him to be able to exercise, get his heart rate up, increase flexibility, and tone his muscles (and I certainly wanted to join in as well!). The solution? Rex Wellness Center of Wakefield.

With the warm water therapy pool, lap pool, hot tub, sauna, as well as all state of the art exercise equipment, classes both on land and in water, proximity to our home, and excellent facilities, it was an easy decision and seemed the perfect place for us. Our whole household, including my mother and Nick, could join as a family, and the monthly fee was only $10 more than the weekly fee at the aquatic therapy center! Combine that with a Groupon that covered a trial month and part of the joining fee, and it was too good to pass up. Now to get in a routine and keep it up!

On the left is the hot tub, front is the warm water therapy pool, and in the back is the lap pool.
I am proud to say that we are getting up earlier and made it there three times last week, which is our minimum goal. We participated in three different classes in the pools, taught by three different teachers. The Zumba teacher was definitely our favorite. As EZ said, "she is easy on the eyes" and provides a vision of perfection when it comes to the benefits of exercise (and genetics!). We really liked the way she incorporated the Zumba moves for anyone  who wanted to attempt them in the basic Range of Motion class.

Getting up, moving, and strengthening the body and bones, are all pretty critical when it comes to living with multiple myeloma. Many survivors are actually running marathons or tackling triathlons...wow! For EZ, being in the water really feels good and provides a wonderful avenue for exercise since he doesn't have to sit, or get up and down off a bench or the floor. We'll see how consistent we can be as Christmas approaches...


  1. I did water aerobics with one of my pregnancies and it does WONDERS on an aching back. I know that Mr. Baker is really loving the anti-gravity therapy. I would go to class like 0 minutes early so I could just semi-float in the water and be weightless...nothing better. I encourage you to keep it up!

  2. Fantastic... I joined the "Y" here in Redding and keeping in shape has some real and lasting benefit for everyone! Go slow, do things you like to do and keep your goals reasonable and within reach. So proud of you and your family. Support can be the difference between keeping this going and a short lived thing. Keep me informed about how you are doing!

  3. It sounds like you've found a wonderful place for your family! That is great! I am finding that it is so important to keep moving. Multiple myeloma certainly has left me feeling stiff and achy, but I keep walking. I don't think I'll ever be a marathoner or a triathlon participant, but I am determined to get back to hiking the White Mountains of NH!

  4. I'm proud of you guys for joining and for going! It looks really nice inside!