Staying fit after January

By: Sherri Kolade | Farmington Press | Published January 26, 2016


FARMINGTON HILLS — Brighton resident Laurie Kuivanen, 44, has a wedding to attend this spring. 

She wants to lose weight in time for her niece’s nuptials, but shedding the pounds has become a lifestyle for her.

“I want to lose about another 15 pounds,” the Northville MB Financial employee said. “My niece is getting married in May — that is my ultimate goal, to have it done by then.”

Since last July, Kuivanen and her co-worker — Novi resident Lisa Wickham, 49 — have been on a weight loss journey through Beaumont Hospital’s ReNew Weight Management Program.

The duo has lost more than 60 pounds together, and they plan to keep going, according to

 “This … will be with us for the rest of our lives, if we so choose,” she said. “This is something you always have to work at.”

The co-workers attend a ReNew Stride class, which offers weight loss support and accountability. 

Staying fit and healthy for the new year doesn’t just have to be a perfunctory resolution. Just ask ReNew Weight Management Program Manager Ruth Ranks, who said in an emailed statement that the medically supervised program has small group classes that focus on education, behavioral changes and nutrition.  

“Many clients realize significant improvements to their health, have more energy, become more active and just feel better overall,” Ranks said. “It’s been great to work with Lisa and Laurie. Both have such a positive outlook on life, and together they brought a wonderful sense of fun to our classes.”

Anna Durham, programmer for the Adults 50 and Better Division of the Center for Active Adults, said senior fitness doesn’t have to be strenuous.

“It should just be part of your daily activity — keeping your body fit,” Durham said. “Just like you eat the rights foods, you need to keep your body moving and active. We offer something for everybody here. Find a friend, a neighbor. Bring them and come exercise with a buddy.”

From pickleball 8:30-11:30 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays to gym exercise 11 a.m.-noon Tuesdays and Thursdays, the Adults 50 and Better Division has a number of ways for people to get a move on at the Costick Center, 28600 11 Mile Road.

The classes include feldenkrais 9:30-10:30 a.m. Wednesdays, which helps reduce chronic pain, and enhances coordination and balance, according to the Adults 50 and Better Division. Strength training is held 9:45-10:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The low-impact class is for all fitness levels. Yogalates runs 4-5 p.m. Tuesdays through Feb. 16. The class is a combination of pilates and yoga.

“Pickleball is growing,” Durham said. “It is getting really, really popular. You don’t have to stay the whole three hours.”

She added that swimming is also a popular workout option daily or during open swim at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

“(It’s) always 86 degrees,” she said of the pool.

Go to to find out about more classes and fees at the Costick Center.

Farmington Hills Special Services partnered up with the local Fitness Motivators to help people become their best selves this year. Through a plethora of classes like Z-Box Fitness, Zumba and cardio boxing, participants can’t go wrong, said Fitness Motivators co-founder Debbie Lim, 54, of Farmington Hills.

“I always tell everyone you have to constantly move,” Lim said. “Even getting up during commercials.”

Lim and her twin sister, Donna Lim-Truss, founded their Fitness Motivators classes to offer beginning, intermediate and advanced fitness options at their Proactive Wellness Center, 25882 Orchard Lake Road, Suite 105, across from Farmington Hills City Hall.

Their classes at the Costick Center and the Jon Grant Community Center include boot camps for people ages 12 and up, another class that is a mix of cardio boxing and dancing, and a mat fusion class. The fees for the class series range from $47 to $52.

Lim said she and her sister have been teaching fitness classes for over 36 years.

“We have a bit of knowledge in the fitness industry and what levels to teach at different age ranges,” she said.

 She added that by taking fitness classes, people tend to become more motivated to work out.

“You are with other people striving for the same results,” Lim said. 

She added that working out at home can help out too.

“You don’t need hand weights — use cans of food; use water bottles. Use anything from kitchen and bathroom cupboards. Use anything that has some weight, or use your own body weight.”

The sisters have been teaching at the Costick Center for 15 years or more and operate a no-judgment zone.

“We’re there just to have fun,” she said. “You could be in tip-top shape (or have) two left feet.”

Lim-Truss added that people don’t always stick to New Year’s resolutions, but it is time to.

“We always get that big bout of people coming in at the first of the year because of New Year’s resolutions, and we try to retain these people (and tell them) that fitness can be fun, and that it is a lifestyle change,” Lim-Truss said.

Go to to find out about more classes and fees at the Costick Center.

ReNew can be reached at (248) 473-3100.

Call (248) 473-1800 for more information about Fitness Motivator classes.