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Zee gets members active

Fitness program underway

People who have sustained brain injuries often find themselves in a routine that doesn't incorporate much physical exercise. This can cause health to deteriorate and can complicate post-traumatic depression. After observing this among clients the Powell River Brain Injury Society's Executive Director Deborah Dee incorporated a physical fitness program at the Brain Injury Society.

Three days a week, Brain Injury Society members have gathered to improve their physical fitness and overall well-being under the direction of personal trainer Lt. Zee Salehian. Zee, who is British Royal Navy Special Boat Service-trained, provides a personalized fitness regimen that is accessible and beneficial to all.

His encouragement and humour have everyone active and enjoying the activity with low impact and resistance routines every Thursday morning. Two days a week members walk, which sounds far simpler than it is as Zee likes to complicate the routine by compelling people to walk backwards, use stairs on the route, lunging and pushups on railings, fast and slow walking, and any number of other activities he can devise using the pedestrian walks through town. One morning a week, members are put through a challenging routine, usually involving resistance bands and repetition routines. The morning is filled with sweating, muttering, and laughter which all help to promote cognitive enhancement and encourage positive social interaction through activity and create a sense of community.

The walking portion of this physical fitness initiative has been in place since February and is made possible by a grant from Parks and Recreation BC. The morning workout at the complex has been in place since November 2009. So far clients have reported improved strength, stamina, and overall wellbeing. In addition, Brain Injury Society employees have observed a renewed sense of community and increased participation in many of the other initiatives of the Society.

The future of both programs depends on fundraising by the society and the generosity of the community. If you would like to make a donation or volunteer your time please call the Society office at 604 485-6065 or visit www.braininjurysociety.ca.


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