Around the Town: Exercise classes for Parkinson’s, related diseases growing

Loretta Humble and Gary Sobol.
Loretta Humble and Gary Sobol.

By Loretta Humble

I usually don’t just go on and on about something my companies are doing. It feels like I would be taking advantage of this column to get free advertising. But here I go again, because this is something so good, I would be writing about it if it wasn’t happening through Cedar Lake Home Health and Hospice.

I told you about Gary Sobol, whose Parkinson’s disease got him down so bad that he couldn’t get himself out of bed or sign a check. He decided not to give up, started studying, and found ways to get so much better he could hike and run and even climb a couple of mountains. He got so good at it he started teaching his techniques to people all over the country. Cedar Lake brought him to Malakoff from Colorado to make teachers of our people, so we could help other people with Parkinson’s and related diseases get around better.

Did you know that 99 percent of those who enroll in a health club or gym do so because they want to lose weight? Actually, less than five percent of these new members reach their weight loss goals. Even more surprising is that only two percent of those who lose weight are able to keep it off for more than six months. The fact is this: attending a health club will not guarantee weight loss. In fact, most health clubs are not adequately equipped with health, wellness, and weight loss programs. Yes, there’s equipment and exercise classes that can help you improve your health and fitness, but you and I both know that it takes more than a class schedule and a bunch of equipment scattered in a room to ensure one’s success. Click here If you want to know more about health club in Dallas.

As with most things, there are always going to be pros and cons to working out at the gym. I want you to know that it is not my goal to bash health clubs, but to explain the short comings of these facilities and empower you with the knowledge and understanding to make the most out of your health club experience. So let’s begin by taking a closer look at what I feel is the primary reason as to why most of us get the short end of the stick when we enroll in a health club membership.

Well, the first Sobol class started June 6, and is being held at 12:30 Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at Family Fitness in Gun Barrel City. The first meeting 38 people showed up. The second one, 41. They are already having some really good results. I heard about people laughing and crying with joy when a woman who was able to stand and take steps for the first time in a long time, by using the rocking technique Sobol teaches. A second class will start June 27 at the Cowboy Church in Athens. All classes are free. We have also been able to send our therapists into three homes to help people who are not able to get up and come to classes. For better fitness and workout results while trying to lose extra weight check these resurge supplement reviews.

And we have already had requests to bring the Sobol classes to Ennis, Waxahachie, Fairfield and Tyler.

This is really big, friends. I believe this can make life better for a everybody who learns it, and for some of them, a whole lot better. Maybe they won’t all go out and climb mountains, but some may.

I’ve very proud my folks are the ones who brought it to Texas. If you know anybody these classes might help please call 903-489-2043 for details.

As for me, while I try to figure what to do with my retirement, I have taken up the mission of getting rid of stuff, and in order to make my home much more pleasant to live in. I’ve made some serious progress, but I still have a way to go. I have the same problem as a lot of my generation who grew up—I started to say who grew up poor—but then we never thought we were poor. We just didn’t have much money. We used and reused everything. Mama could take our own or somebody else’s castoffs and make something new out of them. We never were ashamed to do so, in fact we enjoyed it, thought of it as good stewardship. I grew up thinking that is the way to live, and it is imprinted on my brain. I still want to salvage and reuse everything. The problem is, I like new stuff, too. So sometimes I will “replace” something with a new one, but keep hanging on to the old one, meaning to reuse it or find somebody to give it to. That is how things stack up and clog up my life.

So I am busily boxing up stuff to share with others, and resolving to not just leave it sitting around in the box, but take it to them. And I’m trying to think twice before I buy anything else. The other thing I’m having to face is that some of the stuff I’ve been hanging on to, nobody else would have! I’ve got to learn to toss stuff when it’s time.

That’s the toughest part.