Mike had no problem staying in shape during his military career, but after retiring at age 50 he began losing strength.
“I realized that staying physically fit was becoming a huge challenge,” he said. Mike tried working out at his community fitness center, and even bought some home-exercise equipment, but he didn't stick with either program. “I just didn't have the willpower to do it on my own,” he said.
Welcyon is so non-intimidating and relaxed. The staff is always so friendly. It's a place where you can engage socially and meet new friends.
Ultimately, it was a personal tragedy that put him back on track to fitness. When Mike's wife became terminally ill with cancer, he was overwhelmed by stress and grief. He needed a safety valve; a place to blow off some steam. So he tried a free week at Welcyon. Setting goals and getting personalized coaching were great motivators—and more than a little bit therapeutic.
What began as a distraction during a difficult time became a way of life.
Since joining Welcyon in 2014, Mike has lost 20 pounds—and two inches from his waistline. Big strength gains in his arms and legs, and improved upper-body flexibility have been life changing. He no longer gets short of breath, and has more endurance, too. In fact, he now walks the dog several miles a day, plays golf, and works in the yard. “My steps are lighter,” he says. “I have more energy, and feel a lot better about myself.” And although he has met most of his fitness goals, Mike says he's got more work to do.
“Ultimately I would love to get off of my blood pressure and cholesterol meds. That's my long-term goal. I haven't reached it yet, but I'm working on it.”