For Wellness Coach of The Village at Penn State, Lindsey Zeuschel, inspiring residents to live well is not just her profession, it’s what brings her joy and motivation each day. As Lindsey organizes a variety of fitness programs throughout the year, she feels rewarded when helping residents reach their wellness goals and improve their health.
What I enjoy most is when residents tell me how my programs have helped them do things in everyday life that they couldn’t do before. Whether it’s playing with their grandchildren or climbing the stairs, it’s amazing to see them reach their goals.Wellness Coach of The Village at Penn State, Lindsey Zeuschel
After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science, Lindsey went on to obtain her official certification as a Group Fitness Instructor and Senior Fitness Specialist. She also became certified as a Kickboxing Instructor. After graduating in 2014 and obtaining her various certifications, Lindsey began working as an Activities Director in a local retirement community.
“That’s when I realized I enjoyed working with adults in their later years,” she affirms. “I came across the opportunity as Wellness Coach at The Village, and with my background, I knew it would be the perfect fit,” she adds.
Lindsey’s Journey with The Village begins…
Beginning her journey with The Village in 2018, Lindsey has enjoyed expanding residents’ horizons and introducing them to new fitness programs that help them reach their wellness goals. “When I first came to The Village I was really excited to see how active the residents are here. Their fitness levels are very impressive,” she describes. As Lindsey is responsible for organizing The Village’s various wellness activities, she leads different programs including group exercise classes, personal training sessions, outdoor recreation, and more.
“The Village’s pool was recently renovated so residents have really enjoyed our Water Fitness class, especially through the winter months,” she says. Excited for the start of spring, Lindsey looks forward to offering her outdoor fitness activities as they are some of residents’ favorites. “We have Palmer Park here which residents really enjoy for outdoor exercise,” she says. “We play bocce ball, golf, and other lawn games, and we also practice tai chi, which is most enjoyable when done outdoors,” she adds.
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“Our outdoor exercise programs are great not just for residents’ physical health, but mental health as well. It’s an opportunity to get fresh air and be active with friends and provides great socialization. Plus there’s plenty of room for safe social distancing,” Lindsey affirms. With numerous opportunities for outdoor recreation in Palmer Park, alongside winding walkways and cascading gardens, residents at The Village enjoy their time outside on this beautiful campus.
Palmer Park is wonderful. I enjoy going on long walks and being active outside when the weather is warm.John H., resident at The Village at Penn State
In addition to Lindsey’s wide array of outdoor programs, residents at The Village enjoy the community’s gym with state-of-the-art fitness equipment. “We just got a new Nordic Track treadmill which can take residents on virtual walks. It’s an advanced piece of equipment and residents have really enjoyed it,” she says. As residents have numerous opportunities to maintain and improve their fitness skills, the team at The Village appreciates their input as they continue to grow their wellness programs.
“We have a Resident Fitness Committee here, which is fabulous for a number of reasons. It not only helps us gauge where residents are at in their unique fitness journeys, but their likes and dislikes help inform our future plans,” she says. Looking towards the future, Lindsey hopes to add a kickboxing class to her group exercise activities. “Kickboxing is a great cardio workout and it can help improve balance. It’s also great for Parkinson’s disease,” she explains. Additionally, Lindsey looks forward to begin her Walking Club with residents as the weather gets warmer.
As Lindsey promotes health and wellness at The Village, she is filled with excitement to help residents discover the joy of exercise and living well. “I enjoy helping residents find the activities that make exercise enjoyable for them. It’s rewarding to see residents who weren’t initially excited about fitness to genuinely enjoy the activities they’re doing.”