The Simi Valley Senior Center looks just as you’d expect. You’ll find baby boomers and the greatest generation making their way to their weekly bunco games and knitting clubs. You’ll find those charming retirees gathered in easy chairs, chatting over cups of coffee and sharing pictures of their grandkids. What you’ll also find is the weekly boxing class. Yes, boxing. For seniors.
So often we feel annoyed at having to move an extra inch. Even as gym goers we have those days when we can’t bear to move a muscle, and hitting the gym feels like such a daunting task. In all of these moments, it’s so easy to forget how blessed we are that we can move.
Life is full of changes. Thus, our needs change – the mental, the physical, the emotional. How comforting it is to be a part of a community that embraces us and provides us exactly what we need, no matter what stage of life we are in.
Such is the case for CKO Member, Kim Oley.
After my son was born in 2009, I had a really hard time figuring out my place in the world. Not only was I was the heaviest I had ever been in my life, but I was struggling emotionally. While I was happy with my new role as a mother, I didn’t understand how to find the balance between being a mom and and making room in my life to be my own person. I would lose a bit of weight here and there, but never anything that was consistent. I was bored with my workouts, unmotivated, and felt a bit of “mom-guilt” every time I would leave my son to go to the gym.