Toni Muetze, a Senior IT Project Manager for Renown Health, decided to take charge of her health and participated in Hometown Health’s Motivate U fitness program. Read about her experience and how the program paid off for her.
Toni suffered from chronic knee and ankle pain for more than 20 years. She’s had a half-dozen surgeries, including knee replacement surgery to try and relieve the pain, but nothing helped.
“The pain affected my mobility and my quality of life,” said Toni. “I had heard about Hometown Health’s Motivate U program and I really wanted to see if it could help me.”
Doing “Whatever It Takes”
Toni was a good candidate. Motivate U is a 12-week fitness intervention program for at-risk individuals. As part of the Healthy Tracks wellness program, it’s offered free of charge to select Hometown Health members. This program assists individuals in making lifestyle changes, which positively impact their health and well-being. Motivate U participants receive four weeks of nutrition education and counseling followed by eight weeks of intensive exercise and fitness training. The program is tough, but Toni rose to the challenge.
“I know spots are limited for Motivate U, and I had applied in the past but didn’t get one, so the day I was selected was a very special day,” said Toni. “I had made up my mind that I was going to do whatever it takes to get healthy.”
When she started the program, Toni had two modest goals. “One, I wanted to walk up and down a flight of stairs pain free,” she said. “And two, I wanted to be able sit down on the floor and get back up without any assistance.”
Determined to Change
The Motivate U program partners with local gyms and fitness centers to hold personal training sessions with Motivate U participants. Toni said this part of the program terrified her. “I hate to exercise and I haven’t exercised in 30 years. When I started the gym portion of the program, I met with the fitness trainer and explained my mobility limitations,” she said. “But I also told him I would do whatever they asked me to do. I was that determined to change my life.”
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Twelve weeks later, as Toni’s Motivate U program wrapped up, it was clear to Toni and her family that her determination to change her life had paid off.
“By working this program, I added 1.1% of muscle mass and dropped 2.2% of body fat,” said Toni. “But what is even more important, my mobility has improved. I can sit down and get up off the floor and I can walk up and down the stairs pain free.”
Toni also has a newfound respect for exercise. “For the first time in 40 years, my husband heard me complain that I could not go work out and exercise,” said Toni. “I was sick and couldn’t leave the house, but I really wanted to go work out.”
For Toni, the Motivate U program was a life-changing experience. She made the commitment, worked the program and is now enjoying renewed health and vitality. “I am really grateful and thankful to Hometown Health for giving me this opportunity,” said Toni. “I’m really glad I did it.”