'My goal is to keep my heart muscle strong' 04/25/2012
Meet Ken Page Age: 66 years old
Occupation: Retired since 2009; worked for Pepperidge Farm for 25 years
Why did you choose Edward Health & Fitness Center?
In January 2001, I had a triple bypass surgery at Edward Hospital. I was a “walking time bomb” with 90-95% blockage.
When I started cardiac rehab after my surgery, I could only use the stationery bikes and walking track as a cardiac rehab patient. I became a member so I could go to the group exercise classes and use all of the equipment at the fitness center, which is all part of the membership.
EHFC-Naperville is very convenient to my house and as a heart patient, I like being near my physicians and cardiac care. I also feel confident in the fitness center staff and their ability: if something happens while a member is working out, if a member falls or gets injured, the staff’s reaction is great!
Why is exercise important to you?
Bypass surgery was my wake-up call. My goal is to keep my heart muscle strong. I have bad knees and hips, but those can be replaced. If the heart goes, nothing else matters. With my family history of heart disease, I have to make a point to work-out. Exercise is a commitment and you’ve got to make a point to go. I’ve become committed to it and I like the center and the staff, so I keep going.
How often do you work-out?
I work-out three times a week. I take a group exercise class, and then I work out for another hour on the bike and weight machines.
What areas of the fitness center do you prefer?
I attend step aerobic classes because the instructors push me to work harder and to keep up with the pace of the class. Working out in a class is more strenuous and prevents me from getting lazy.
What makes Edward unique?
The people make Edward different. Being retired, the fitness center helps get me out of the house. It’s a time to socialize. I get to know other members and see people. The instructors are very good and the desk staff is very friendly.