Local Seniors Participate in Active Aging Week Pedalthon

New National Functional Fitness Program Developed for The Goodman Group Managed Communities Holds Pedal Challenge 

SPRING HILL, Fla. (Sept. 9, 2014) — Residents of The Residence at Timber Pines, a Goodman Group managed senior living community, are pedaling toward fitness during Active Aging Week! The International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) is challenging organizations throughout North America to come up with ways to motivate older adults to stay active and benefit from healthier lifestyles. The Residence at Timber Pines has accepted the challenge and is hosting a Pedal contest on Sept. 26 in conjunction with its national FIT Functional Fitness program.

FIT Functional Fitness is a personalized program developed by The Goodman Group in partnership with a physical therapist and board-certified geriatric specialist. The program’s targeted exercises are designed to deliver the maximum benefit for each participant. The goal is to increase overall health and well–being, reduce potential for falls, encourage residents to remain active, and, where possible, reduce the need for assisted mobility devices.

FIT Functional Fitness incorporates four fitness programs, taking current health levels into consideration and allowing all residents participate, no matter their current functional fitness level. As their strength and endurance increases, residents may choose to progress to other programs offered. The four FIT Functional Fitness programs include:

  • FIT to be Strong – The core of the FIT Functional Fitness program, FIT to be Strong incorporates strength building exercises done lying down, and balance exercises while standing. Both use weights on the arms and legs.
  • FIT to be Strong Seated – Strength building exercises using weights while sitting in a chair.
  • FIT to Stretch – Stretching exercises aimed at decreasing pain, improving range of motion, while promoting relaxation.
  • FIT to Pedal – Endurance-based exercise where participants use a stationary peddler.

“Research shows that with regular exercise, many of the physiological changes related to aging can be prevented or postponed,” says Katie Westberg, national director of Life Enrichment at The Goodman Group. “With FIT Functional Fitness, participants can see long-lasting and significant strength training benefits within an 8-16 week period.”

The annual theme for Active Aging Week 2014 (Sept. 21-27) is “Let the Adventure Begin.” Residents at The Residence at Timber Pines currently participating in FIT Functional Fitness will pedal alongside Margaritaville and tropical themed decorations until they reach mile marker 1. Participants’ mileage will be combined and tracked to reach Key West, their ultimate adventure destination. Friends, family and staff will be there to cheer on participants.

Join The Residence at Timber Pines Seniors and Fitness Experts on a 482-mile Tropical Pedalthon to Key West


Active Aging Week, led by the International Council on Active Aging®, is an annual health promotion held each year during the last week of September. To promote active aging on our health campus, our residents and staff are participating in a first-ever Pedalthon event adventure.

Residents will use our FIT Functional Fitness stationary peddlers to rack up miles and trace the 482-mile path through southern Florida to reach Key West, their ultimate travel destination. As they pedal through alligator alley all the way to the mile marker 1, tropical and Margaritaville themed decorations will guide the way.

Join us and share in the fun of Active Aging Week. Before you know it, we’ll be at mile marker 1!


Friday, September 26th
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
: We will pedal to the music of Jimmy Buffet and tropical tunes while surrounded by tropical decor. Coconut water and smoothies will be served along with fresh fruit!
3:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.: Happy hour celebration serving margaritas after the goal is reached and recognizing residents who pedaled the most miles and to who has the best Key West style exercise outfit — 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes.


The Residence at Timber Pines, Main Lobby
3140 Forest Road
Spring Hill, FL 34606


Residents from The Residence at Timber Pines senior living community will be pedaling alongside tropical and Margaritaville themed decorations, as they pedal through alligator alley to the mile one marker. The resident’s family members and staff will be cheering on the residents pedaling. The community will award prizes to the residents who pedal the farthest and to who has the best Key West style exercise outfit.

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