Jerry came to Welcyon after losing 50 pounds through Weight Watchers. “Sure, I lost the weight,” he recalls, “but I still didn't feel very fit.” He wanted to maintain his weight loss and increase muscle strength and stamina.
In less than a year, Jerry has doubled his strength in virtually every category measured, and in some areas he's tripled his strength.
After friends recommended Welcyon, Jerry and his wife both joined. “We wanted to go somewhere where we could exercise and improve our health,” he says, “but not be in competition with 20-something â€˜hard bodies' that we had nothing in common with.”
For Jerry, making better choices for his health starts with small changes in his daily routine. For instance, he never takes the elevator to his fourth-floor office, opting to hike up the stairs instead. At the airport, he avoids moving walkways, or walks on them instead of standing still. “Being a finance guy, I believe that if you can't measure it, you can't manage it,” says Jerry, who loves to track his progress on Welcyon's â€˜smart' machines. “I don't necessarily have a goal to weigh X number of pounds or to gain Y percentage of strength, but I think it's all about how you can at least say that you're continuously improving.” In less than a year, Jerry has doubled his strength in virtually every category measured, and in some areas he's tripled his strength.
In addition to dropping his waist size from 38 to 33, he no longer takes medication for high blood pressure or high cholesterol, and finds that he has more energy to accomplish daily tasks, such as mowing the lawn or shoveling snow.
I am probably in the best shape that I have ever been. And that's not just weight loss but it's being stronger and having more endurance.
Food remains a weakness for Jerry, but he's conscious of it and continues to make better choices than he once did. “Practically by virtue of being Americans we just like to eat too much,” he says with a chuckle. “It's being cognizant of what you can do today that is better for your body. If you're going to eat a big lunch, be careful about supper. Whether it's exercise or diet, you have to make it a habit.”
At 53, Jerry says, “I am probably in the best shape that I have ever been. And that's not just weight loss but it's being stronger and having more endurance.” Plus, he says, “I would be remiss if I didn't say that looking better improves one's overall mood. It feels good to look good!”