They say that your golden years are the best years of your life. For most older Americans, that's how it should be - a time to relax, reflect, and live life in a familiar place. After all, senior citizens in the U.S. have worked tirelessly to build a better economy, serve their communities, and raise families.
However, as seniors grow older, sometimes they cannot live independently without someone by their side to provide care. Unfortunately, some older Americans aren't able to rely on their adult children for help. The reality in today's world is that family members do not have the skills or time to dedicate to caring for their parents. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.
Our in-home care services are for people who prefer to stay at home as they grow older but need ongoing care that family or friends cannot provide. More and more older adults prefer to live in the comforts or their home rather than in an assisted living community. Home care in Bethesda, MD is a safe, effective way to give your loved ones the care they need when they need it the most.
Since 1996, Always Best Care has provided non-medical in-home care for seniors to help them maintain a healthy lifestyle as they age. We are proud to have helped tens of thousands of seniors to maintain a higher level of dignity and respect. We focus on providing seniors with the highest level of home care available so that they may live happily and independently.
Unlike some senior care companies, we genuinely want to be included in our clients' lives. We believe that personalized care is always the better option over a "one size fits all" approach. To make sure our senior clients receive the best care possible, we pair them with compassionate caregivers who understand their unique needs.
The Always Best Care difference lies in life's little moments - where compassionate care and trustworthy experience come together to help seniors live a fruitful, healthy life. Whether you are an aging adult that can't quite keep up with life's daily tasks or the child of a senior who needs regular in-home care services in Bethesda, MD. Always Best Care is here to help.
Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.
The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.
At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.
To give our senior clients the best care possible, we offer a full spectrum of in-home care services:
If your senior loved one has specific care needs, our personal care services are a great choice to consider. Personal care includes the standard caregiving duties associated with companion care and includes help with tasks such as dressing and grooming. Personal care can also help individuals with chronic conditions like diabetes or Parkinson's or Alzheimer's.
Sometimes, seniors need helpful reminders to maintain a high quality of life at home. If you or your senior has trouble with everyday tasks like cooking, our home helper services will be very beneficial.
Using this kind of care is a fantastic way to make life easier for you or your senior loved one. At Always Best Care, our talented caregivers often fill the role of a companion for seniors. That way, older adults can enjoy their favorite activities and hobbies while also receiving the care they need daily or weekly.
According to AARP, more than 53 million adults living in the U.S. provide care to someone over 50 years old. Unfortunately, these caregivers experience stress, exhaustion, and even depression. Our respite care services help family caregivers address urgent obligations, spend time with their children, and enjoy other activities. Perhaps more importantly, respite care gives family members time to recharge and regroup. Taking personal time to de-stress helps reduce the risks of caregiver burnout.
When it comes to non-medical home care, our goal is to become a valuable part of your senior's daily routine. That way, we may help give them the highest quality of life possible. We know that staying at home is important for your loved one, and we are here to help make sure that is possible. If you have been on the fence about non-medical home care, there has never been a better time than now to give your senior the care, assistance, and companionship they deserve.
Always Best Care in-home services are for older adults who prefer to stay at home but need ongoing care that friends and family cannot provide. In-home care is a safe, effective way for seniors to age gracefully in a familiar place and live independent, non-institutionalized lives. The benefits of non-medical home care are numerous. Here are just a few reasons to consider senior care services from Always Best Care:
While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.
In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.
How much does a senior's home truly mean to them?
A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in Bethesda, MD, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.
Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.
For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.
More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.
With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in Bethesda, MD gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.
In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.
Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.
At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.
When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.
Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.
At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in Bethesda,MD understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.
Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.
Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.
The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:
An assessment of your senior loved one
An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home
Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs
As New Year's Day falls on a Sunday, there will be various schedule changes on the day after in Bethesda.BETHESDA, MD — New Year's Day is on a Sunday this year, meaning that most Montgomery County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 to celebrate the holiday.Most students are still on winter break. Montgomery County Public Schools students will be returning to the classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 3.Below are the openings and closures to know for the New Year's weekend in Bethesda and Montgomery County:...
BETHESDA, MD — New Year's Day is on a Sunday this year, meaning that most Montgomery County offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 to celebrate the holiday.
Most students are still on winter break. Montgomery County Public Schools students will be returning to the classroom on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Below are the openings and closures to know for the New Year's weekend in Bethesda and Montgomery County:
Montgomery County office buildings: Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 2.
State offices and courts: Closed Dec. 31-Jan. 2.
Montgomery County Schools: Return from winter holiday on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
Post offices: Closed on Jan. 2.
State Motor Vehicle Administration offices and Vehicle Emissions Inspection Program stations: Closed Jan. 2.
Libraries: Closed Jan. 1-2.
Alcohol Beverage Services: All stores will be open holiday hours on Saturday, Dec, 31, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Stores will be closed Sunday, Jan. 1. Stores will be open regular hours on Monday, Jan. 2.
County-operated COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing Clinics: Clinics at UpCounty Regional Services Center in Germantown, Dennis Avenue Center in Silver Spring and the East County Regional Services Center will be open on Monday, Jan. 2. All sites will be closed for testing and vaccinations Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Montgomery College-Rockville campus and Germantown campus testing and vaccination sites will be closed from Dec. 24 to Jan. 2.
Department of Permitting Services: All offices, including customer service lobby, are closed on Monday, Jan. 2.
Ride On: Operates a Saturday schedule on Dec. 31. Operates on a Sunday schedule on Jan. 1-2. All schedules can be found at Routes and Schedules.
Ride On extRa and Ride On Flex: Not in service Dec 31 to Jan 2.
Flash: Will operate on a weekend schedule Dec. 31 to Jan. 2 (Orange Line only).
MARC Train and Commuter Bus: See schedules at https://www.mta.maryland.gov/schedule?type=marc-train.
TRiPS Silver Spring commuter store: Closed Jan. 1-2.
TRiPS: Mobile Commuter Store: Closed Jan. 1-2.
Metrorail: Operating hours on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be extended until 2 a.m. on Sunday, Jan. 1. All trips will be free for riders entering after 8 p.m. Saturday. Will operate from 7 a.m. to midnight on Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2.
Metrobus: Operating hours on Saturday, Dec. 31, will be extended until 2 a.m. Sunday. All trips will be free for riders after 8 p.m. on Saturday. Will operate on its Sunday schedule on Sunday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 2.
Public Parking Garages, Lots, Curbside Meters: Posted rates and restrictions in effect on Dec. 31. Parking is free on Jan 2.
County-provided trash and recycling: Regular collection schedules on Monday, Jan. 2.
Shady Grove Transfer Station and Recycling Center: Entire facility closed on Sunday, Jan. 1. Transfer Station and Recycling Center open on Monday, Jan. 2.
Aquatic Centers: Aquatic facilities will be operating on a winter break schedule from Dec. 23 to Jan. 1. Closing at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31 and closed on Sunday, Jan. 1.
Community Recreation Centers: All closed Monday, Jan. 2. Germantown, Long Branch, North Potomac, Potomac, White Oak and Wheaton will be open from Dec. 27 to Dec. 30 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wheaton will be open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 27-30 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Dec. 31. All other Community Recreation Centers will be closed Sunday, Dec. 25 – Monday, Jan. 2.
Senior Centers: Closed Monday, Jan. 2. Senior centers will be open New Year’s Day with limited drop-in programming.
Montgomery Parks: Visit MontgomeryParks.org for complete information. Additional schedule changes:
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Several places across Bethesda are hosting parties and special events on Saturday to help ring in the new year.BETHESDA, MD — The new year is just around the corner. In the Bethesda area, there's an array of events for people looking to ring in 2023.In downtown Bethesda, Caddies Bar and Grill will be celebrating New Year's Eve. No tickets will be required and there will be no cover charge. The pop rock band Rev6 will be performing from 10 p.m. t...
BETHESDA, MD — The new year is just around the corner. In the Bethesda area, there's an array of events for people looking to ring in 2023.
In downtown Bethesda, Caddies Bar and Grill will be celebrating New Year's Eve. No tickets will be required and there will be no cover charge. The pop rock band Rev6 will be performing from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Caddies will have its full menu available and a midnight complimentary champagne toast will kick off 2023.
Here is a look at some additional events happening in the Bethesda area and New Year's Eve television programming:
In the United States, one of the most popular New Year’s Eve traditions is, of course, the dropping of the giant ball in New York City’s Times Square. Various cities have adopted their own iterations of the event — the Peach Drop in Atlanta, the Chick Drop in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and the giant Potato Drop in Boise, Idaho.
The end of one year and beginning of another is often celebrated with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne,” a Scottish folk song whose title roughly translates to “days gone by,” according to Encyclopedia Britannica and History.com.
The history of New Year’s resolutions dates back 8,000 years to ancient Babylonians, who would make promises to return borrowed objects and pay outstanding debts at the beginning of the new year, in mid-March when they planted their crops.
According to legend, if they kept their word, pagan gods would grant them favor in the coming year. If they broke the promise, they would fall out of God’s favor, according to a history of New Year’s resolutions compiled by North Hampton Community College New Center in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.
Many secular New Year’s resolutions focus on imagining new, improved versions of ourselves. The failure rate of New Year’s resolutions is about 80 percent, according to U.S. News & World Report. There are myriad reasons, but a big one is they’re made out of remorse for gaining weight, for example, and aren’t accompanied by a shift in attitude and a plan to meet the stress and discomfort of changing a habit or condition.
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Intake of dietary nitrate may stop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in its tracks.A team of researchers, led by Geoffrey Broadhead, MD, PhD, reported that intake of nitrate was associated with decreased risk of progression to late-stage AMD.1 He is from the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, and Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.Broadhead and colleagues conducted a cohort study to determine if t...
Intake of dietary nitrate may stop age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in its tracks.
A team of researchers, led by Geoffrey Broadhead, MD, PhD, reported that intake of nitrate was associated with decreased risk of progression to late-stage AMD.1 He is from the Division of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications, National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD, and Save Sight Institute, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia.
Broadhead and colleagues conducted a cohort study to determine if there is a correlation between intake of nitrate and AMD progression based on previous suggestions that low nitrate levels in the diet may put patients at risk of AMD progression.
The researchers carried out a post hoc analysis of data from the Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and AREDS2 clinical trials. The patients in both trials had AMD that had not reached the late stage of the disease in at least 1 eye, the researchers explained.
The main outcomes measure was a link between intake of dietary nitrate and progression to late AMD, i.e., neovascular AMD (nAMD) or geographic atrophy (GA,) or large drusen. The investigators also looked at interactions of dietary patterns.
Analysis of 2 AREDS cohorts
The data from the AREDS and AREDS2 cohorts were combined and included 7,788 patients (56% women; 13,511 eligible eyes; mean age, 71.1 years).
The investigators reported, “Dietary nitrate intake was associated with a decreased risk of progression to late AMD in the combined AREDS/AREDS2 cohort (hazard ratio [HR], 0.77; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.69-0.86] for quartile 4 vs. quartile 1 of nitrate intake) and a decreased risk of GA (HR, 0.71; 95% CI, 0.61-0.83] and nAMD (HR, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.73-0.99).”
Evaluation of the 2 cohorts separately showed that in AREDS, increased nitrate intake that compared quartile 4 vs quartile 1 was associated with decreased risk of development of late AMD (HR, 0.77;95% CI, 0.65-0.91) and GA (HR, 0.80;95% CI, 0.65-0.97) but not nAMD.
Analysis of the AREDS2 data did not show an association between nitrate intake when quartile 4 was compared with quartile 1 and late AMD (HR, 0.90; 95% CI, 0.80-1.02) or nAMD (HR, 0.93; 95% CI, 0.78-1.11).
When dietary patterns were adjusted to include a Mediterranean diet, dietary nitrate intake was not associated with AMD progression independently, the authors reported.
“The findings of this cohort study suggest that nitrate intake was associated with a decreased risk of progression to late AMD, including both late AMD subtypes,” the authors concluded. “This association persisted even after accounting for lutein and zeaxanthin intake as a potential confounder and was strongest among individuals with lower adherence to a fruit and vegetable–rich diet pattern. A protective association was also seen against the development of large drusen, suggesting that the benefit of dietary nitrates may extend across a wide spectrum of AMD severities.”
However, the authors did not see evidence that supported adding nitrate supplementation. They explained that the study outcome was “attributed to plant-based dietary patterns in general, such as a Mediterranean diet” and recommended additional studies to further assess how dietary nitrate in reduces the risk of AMD progression.
1. Broadhead GK, Agrón E, Peprah D, et al. Association of dietary nitrate and a Mediterranean diet with age-related macular degeneration among US adults. The Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS) and AREDS2. JAMA Ophthalmol. Published online December 22, 2022. doi:10.1001/jamaophthalmol.2022.5404
As the holiday season continues, families prepare to open gifts and eat dinner with their loved ones. But instead of spending hours in the kitchen, ease the holiday stress by ordering dinner from a variety of Montgomery County restaurants.Whether you’re celebrating Hannukah or Christmas there are holiday dinner menus being offered for all.Here are five places to order holiday dinner from this year:Silver and Sons BBQSilver and Sons BBQ, a food truck located at 11910 Parklawn Drive, Unit O in...
As the holiday season continues, families prepare to open gifts and eat dinner with their loved ones. But instead of spending hours in the kitchen, ease the holiday stress by ordering dinner from a variety of Montgomery County restaurants.
Whether you’re celebrating Hannukah or Christmas there are holiday dinner menus being offered for all.
Here are five places to order holiday dinner from this year:
Silver and Sons BBQ
Silver and Sons BBQ, a food truck located at 11910 Parklawn Drive, Unit O in Rockville, is offering both Christmas and Hannukah menus. The Christmas menu includes main dishes such as turkey, orange-Aleppo-glazed duck breast, pomegranate-glazed salmon and braised lamb shanks. Christmas sides include butternut squash soup, winter vegetable salad, duck confit stuffing and root vegetable gratin.
The Hannukah menu includes orange-Aleppo-glazed duck breast, pomegranate-glazed salmon and braised lamb shanks and smoked brisket. Hannukah menu sides include matzo ball soup, harissa smoked carrots and latkes.
Both menus offer a honey-roasted apple bread pudding.
Hannukah menu pre-orders are open until Thursday and must be placed by email to [email protected] Pickups will be Saturday and Sunday at two different location options both days.
The Christmas menu pre-orders are open until Dec. 21. Orders must also be placed by email. Pickups will be 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 23 from their Rockville location.
View the full menus and all the Hannukah pickup locations on the business’ website.
Founding Farmers, located at 12505 Potomac Ave. in Potomac, offers a Christmas dinner either raw and prepped or ready to reheat. Each option feeds four people and includes classic sides, the selection of bread, soup or bread and dessert.
Raw and ready-to-roast options include roasted rosemary pork, Spatchcock half turkey, maple-apricot glazed salmon and herb-crusted prime rib. Ready-to-reheat options include a veggie loaf and Beyla honey-glazed spiral baked ham.
The deadline to order is Dec. 20 and pick-up is Christmas Eve.
Summer House, 11825 Grand Park Ave. in North Bethesda, is offering Christmas & New Year’s Eve specials for dine-in, carryout or delivery between Dec. 22 and Dec. 31.
The special menu will include Dungeness crab cake with celery remoulade and marie rose; roasted lamb noisette with rosemary agrodolce and winter vegetables; and carved prime New York strip with fingerling potatoes, Point Reyes blue cheese and bordelaise.
The Stanford Grill, located at 2000 Tower Oaks Blvd. in Rockville, are offering holiday meals that are prepared to reheated and served.
The holiday menu includes a whole roasted turkey or to whole roasted chickens with cranberry sauce, gravy and a cornbread skillet or a whole seasoned tenderloin or beef with the side with horseradish cream, cabernet wine sauce and a cornbread skillet. The entrée options come with three sides from the options of mashed potatoes, bacon mac ‘n cheese, glazed carrots and sauteed green beans.
Dessert options include key lime pie and bread pudding with Grand Marnier sauce.
The last day to order a holiday meal is 4 p.m. on Dec. 20
Ted’s Bulletin, located at 220 Ellington Blvd. in Gaithersburg, is offering a home for the holidays package for four to six people. The package includes a coffee and herb crusted prime rib, au jus, whipped potatoes, steamed asparagus, Caesar salad with garlic butter croutons, honey butter rolls, horseradish cream sauce and assorted Ted’s tarts.
The holiday menu also includes a la carte entrees including broiled salmon, brined and ready to bake turkey and brown sugar glazed sliced ham that feed four to six people. A la carte sides include mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, glazed carrots and oven roasted Brussel sprouts. Dessert options include apple pie, pecan pie and a large cinnamon roll.
Dawson’s Market, located at 225 North Washington St. in Rockville, is offering a holiday menu
The holiday menu includes a complete dinner for two with options including a fennel roasted boneless turkey breast and an uncured applewood smoked boneless ham. Each meal includes six dinner rolls and the choice of two sides.
Main courses include fennel roasted boneless turkey breast, ready-to-roast raw whole turkey, hand carved roast turkey platter, stuffed acorn squash, whole spiral ham, smoked pork loin, salmon stuffed with roasted pepper, spinach and goat cheese, and chimichurri flank steak.
The sides include roasted root vegetables, traditional stuffing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, haricots verts with roasted mushrooms, mushroom stuffing, sweet potato mash and roasted brussels sprouts.
The deadline to order Christmas dinner is Dec. 20 and can be picked up at the Rockville location.
Fitness fans say the keys to keeping a resolution are not to go it alone and set reasonable goals.BETHESDA, Md. — The home fitness craze during the pandemic is giving way to a return to the gym this New Year's Day, according to early birds working out before dawn at the YMCA in Bethesda-Chevy Chase.“2023 is going to be a great year for everyone," said Montgomery County YMCA operations Vice President Barbara...
Fitness fans say the keys to keeping a resolution are not to go it alone and set reasonable goals.
BETHESDA, Md. — The home fitness craze during the pandemic is giving way to a return to the gym this New Year's Day, according to early birds working out before dawn at the YMCA in Bethesda-Chevy Chase.
“2023 is going to be a great year for everyone," said Montgomery County YMCA operations Vice President Barbara Moore.
"Just get out, start exercising. We really try to make it fun.”
According to an Ipsos poll, 55% of New Year’s Resolutions focus on physical activity.
Visits to gyms have rebounded to pre-pandemic levels, according to retail analytics firm Creditntell.
Meanwhile, stocks for home-based fitness products like Peleton fell in 2022 as people headed back to in-person fitness classes.
At the Bethesda-Chevy Chase YMCA, aquatics director Samory Senh said he encourages people of all body types, ages, abilities and disabilities to consider starting a fitness program in a pool.
“Something to take note of in the new year is to be gentle with yourself and the pool is a great place to start,” Senh said.
A water environment allows people with arthritis and other conditions to begin a fitness program.
One key to successfully keeping a resolution is not to go it alone, according to Victoria Yan Pillitteri who teaches Body Pump.
“There's always good music and there's always great camaraderie as you can see around the room here today,” Pillitteri said during her class early Sunday.
Tonya Dodge, an associate professor of psychology at George Washington University in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, says that goals need to be specific.
"Specificity is important for setting resolutions because more specific goals allow us to set a clearer path than vague goals," Dodge said. "Specific goals also afford us more opportunities for monitoring."
She also said it's important to establish shorter goals along the way because those shorter-term goals because they can let you know if you're making progress and whether you need to make adjustments.
Dodge provided some tips to help you on your New Year's journey:
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