In February 2019, Air Force Veteran Steve Homison turned 65 years old and stepped on the scale. After that, he decided to call the Butler VA Health Care System and get started working out at the Wellness Center.
Today, you can find Steve at the Wellness Center five days a week. He’s down about 40 pounds. Education and support from the personal trainers have helped him learn how to get the most out of his workouts.
“I like to work out on my own, but with their advice,” said Steve. “The personal trainers are very knowledgeable. I will ask them, ‘Here’s what I want to work on, what do I do?’ You can ask them any question, and they will work with you.”
Homison is pictured above with personal trainer Evonne Patterson.
Prior to coming to the Wellness Center, Steve didn’t know how to work out. The personal trainers explained how to do the weights, how to stretch, etc. Personal trainers possess the knowledge, skills and abilities necessary to design safe and effective fitness programs. They instruct and assist people in reaching their personal health and fitness goals.
Weight is down, numbers are good
Steve has noticed a big difference thanks to his efforts at the Wellness Center, and not just with the weight loss. His cholesterol number has gone down by 50%, blood sugar number has gone down 10 and his blood pressure is under control.
“I was up and down redoing my lights on my house, and it didn’t even phase me. I’m more limber, more agile and I move better.”
With the start of the new year (and a new decade), many people set goals similar to Steve’s: lose weight and gain strength. Steve’s advice for making this happen: “Take that first step. Get into your mind that you must take that first step every day. That’s the hardest thing to do. The first step to working out is moving towards your equipment.”
Amanda Kurtz is a public affairs specialist at the Butler VA Medical Center. Photographs by Karen Dunn.