Health for a Family
Recently, long-term Rainier Health & Fitness (RHF) member Amal* shared how she and her family have developed healthy practices. Every family member exercises regularly and Amal herself walks to the gym from their Beacon Hill home to work out.
Amal’s friends ask her, “Why do you go to the gym? You’re already skinny!” Amal replies that exercising is about staying healthy and feeling well, not just being skinny. Her mom passed away in 2008 after being diagnosed with high blood pressure and high cholesterol. From then on, Amal wanted to prevent suffering from the same conditions. Plus, if she doesn’t work out, her muscles become tight and she suffers from migraines. The migraines drove her to join RHF in April 2010 when her doctor recommended Amal go to a gym.
“Coming here is good for my heart and brain,” Amal says.
In addition to regular exercise, Amal’s family has made healthy changes to their diets, thanks to the influence of their vegetarian daughter. Amal reduced her daily coffee consumption to one cup and has quit frying food, serves the family only brown rice, whole grain bread, spaghetti, cereal and oatmeal. She also checks the labels of food and looks at calories before purchasing. As a result, no one in her family is overweight.
“Health is number one.” Amal says, “It’s [the RHF Monthly Membership Fee] worth $30 per month.” She tells everybody to come here and has met lots of new friends while working out.
*Name changed to protect privacy
Emily Williamson is the Marketing Coordinator for Rainier Health & Fitness and RHF CrossFit. She specializes in creating entertaining fitness videos, tweeting #RHFquotes and tossing day-old donuts in the garbage.