The River Valley Club became part of my life when I bought a home in the Upper Valley back in 1997. One of the first things I did was find a health club – I didn’t realize until this interview, that I was one of the first members to ever join RVC. RVC has been an essential part of the community ever since.
COVID hit in 2020, but thankfully, I was away on vacation much of the Summer. When I returned home in October, I no longer had access to the ocean or Lake Winnipesaukee. Coming back to the Club was a physical necessity. I was and still am fearful of COVID, But I deliberately weighed out the pluses and minuses of coming back and realized how important it was to bring regular exercise back to my routine.
Another great thing that the River Valley Club did, is releasing a weekly reopening dashboard, which gave me the information to make the most informed decision on when to come to the Club. Lastly, learning about the Clorox 360 Electrostatic machines they use to clean, made the decision that much easier for me. My friends and I all text/email – we all had the same questions, and all found answers to those questions together. One thing that we always notice is Christa, one of RVC’s operations workers, never stops moving, never stops cleaning, and maintains a smile and conversation. She is unbelievable. For me, it’s very helpful to see this every single day. You rarely can go to the Club and not see Christa cleaning and smiling.
My routine at the Club is primarily swimming in the Recreation Pool. I try to recreate a past Water Aerobics Class I took at the Club, and the deep water in the Recreational Pool is the perfect spot for me.I presently do not utilize any other area of the Club. I am scheduled for a knee replacement on March 30, 2021. So, that being said, during my rehabilitation, I plan to use the recumbent bicycle on the main fitness floor, and perhaps some weight training. I even have my plans set to recruit a Personal Trainer, as I did many years ago.
The RVC is continuing to find ways to improve the facilities throughout these challenging times, and as always, cleaning is ever apparent wherever your workout takes you in the Club. The purchase of an additional Clorox 360 Electrostatic Machine really put my mind at ease and further showed me that RVC is committed to the cleanliness of the entire facility.
The community at the RVC has always been friendly, respectful of others, and something I dearly missed. In addition to missing the community, during the “down” period without attending the Club, I had aches & pains beginning to creep in. My quality of sleep was diminished. When October arrived I realized the integral benefits achieved at RVC were missing. When I resumed my routine I was happier. In fact, it was and is the highlight of my day. My body recognized the workout routine with some stiffness, which diminished each day. Visiting the RVC four to five days per week definitely added a mental uplift. I was more creative at home – I have a massive decluttering project staring at me and I’ve been motivated to chip away at it. I was more hopeful for the future, with a consistently positive attitude.
Furthermore, I am creative with cooking and prepping meals. They are even healthier and more fun to put together. Lastly, another benefit I have found over the last couple of months, is that I find myself connecting and networking with friends, more frequently and more naturally. As many people know, exercise is known to help your state of mind. A very clear example of this for me is that I never had a restless night until a couple of months ago. If I do not get to my happy place in the pool, it is clear I don’t sleep well. I am not here to make the decision about coming back to a health club for you, rather, share with you the benefits I have experienced since coming back to the River Valley Club.2021 is my new beginning to health – mental & physical.
Kelli Dennis, member since 1998