Saturday, June 2 is opening day for Blue Hill Memorial Hospital’s 5K Fun Run training program. This innovative, flexible, and highly personalized set of fitness activities is available to community members at no cost. With the approval of their primary care provider, individuals at all fitness levels can participate, and many features of the program are available year-round. “Our goal is to give as many people as possible a comfortable, manageable and supportive way to move toward better health and fitness,” says physical therapist and fitness trainer Anne Piazza, who volunteers to lead the program. “We are heading into our 5th year, and have worked hard to develop a program that truly has changed lives. Whether someone is new to exercise or a seasoned athlete, we can help each participant set and meet their goals.”
This year’s program will consist of 5K training for all levels, regardless of whether an individual wants to walk, jog, or run the distance. “I assign participants to a beginner, intermediate or advanced group and develop personalized training programs,” explains Piazza. “Everyone has different goals and desires when it comes to health and fitness. I hope to be able to support each individual to overcome any obstacles in achieving their goals.”
Piazza adds that there will be regular bootcamps, four times a week, to help participants build strength and improve coordination while rounding out their overall fitness. “Bootcamps are a fun way to get strong, build confidence, and burn calories. Participants have fun and get a good workout at the same time,” says Piazza.
Piazza notes that some community members have expressed an interest in participating, but have hesitated because of their weight, work schedules, or other factors. “Please don’t spend another year on the couch wishing you could participate more in life,” urges Piazza. “We are not judgmental. Take that first step. Come to one of our Saturday morning sessions or after work boot camps and let us help you on your way towards a healthier life.”
According to Piazza, varied fitness activities are an essential way to ensure that individuals stay engaged in regular exercise. Last year, for example, she held a mini triathlon. This year, she again is scheduling bike rides and swims in the area. Piazza is also familiar with other wellness opportunities in the area, such as classes at the new fitness center at Tradewinds and local hiking groups.
The 2012 Fun Run is scheduled for the morning of Saturday August 4. Participants should get permission of their physician before starting this or any exercise program. Those with questions or interest in joining this year’s training program can email Anne Piazza at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 266-4338.