Sixteen years ago, Norma and Tom Day decided it was time to be more active,
so they dedicated themselves to working out on a regular basis. Today,
Norma is 96 and Tom is 92. They still never miss a workout. Three times
a week, they clear their schedules so they have time to visit
FMH ProMotion Fitness+. Their dedication to each other, and to fitness, is inspiring to many.
Made For Each Other
When Norma and Tom began jobs as teachers at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High
School, they never imagined the journey they were about to go on together.
Tom was a physical education teacher, while Norma taught home arts. “Back
then, they called it stitching and stewing,” jokes Tom. They got
to know each other when school administrators assigned them to chaperon
dances together, and they were married six months later. Tom was 25 at
the time, and Norma was 29.
Meet Norma and Tom in person, and it’s easy to see why they hit it
off so well. Both are veterans, serving from 1943-1946. Norma was part
of the Women’s Army Corps, worked in food services, while Tom was
in the Army, and worked as a recon radio operator and combat engineer.
They both went to school at the University of Maryland, and they love
their Terps. Norma received her master’s degree in education with
a minor in nutrition and eventually became the Director of a Continuing
Education department for Montgomery County Public Schools. After receiving
his master’s in counseling and education administration, Tom went
on to work as an assistant principal of Montgomery Village Junior High.
In 1975, they moved to Wolfsville in Frederick County to a 58-acre farm
they owned. They enjoyed an active lifestyle there. In 1997 the decided
to sell the farm and move closer to healthcare services and a love of
Exercise and Longevity
When Norma was told she needed to exercise more often, the couple saw it
as an opportunity to get in shape and spend more time together. “Just
like that we started working out three days a week,” says Tom. The
couple credits their routine with their longevity. They’ve exercised
three days a week for the past 16 years. “We never miss a workout.
We’ll rearrange our schedules to make sure we get those three days
in,” says Norma.
They also credit their diets for keeping them healthy. “We’ve
always paid attention to nutrition,” says Norma. “We eat well
and make sure we get 5-7 different fruits and vegetables into our diets
each day.” Dalis Albaugh, lead certified clinical exercise physiologist
with ProMotion Fitness+, says that she loves having them around. “They’ve
been a member of our program for as long as I can remember,” says
Albaugh. “They’re just really special people.”
Albaugh, who began working at ProMotion Fitness+ in September 2004, feels
like people of all ages could learn a thing or two from the Days. “They
stick to it,” says Albaugh. “A lot of young people start exercising
to lose weight or look better. For [the Days], it’s about being
able to walk longer and live independently.”
Living Healthy Pays Off
All these years later, Tom and Norma are grateful they made the decision
to listen to their doctors and start focusing on their health. “Some
people get good advice and don’t take it. We’ve taken their
advice,” says Tom. By working out three days a week and being mindful
of their nutrition, Tom and Norma have been able to watch not only their
kids grow up, but their grandkids as well.
Tom and Norma love going to
ProMotion Fitness+ because they like the schedule and being able to socialize. They find
the staff and the other gym members to be very friendly, and they feel
safe knowing that the staff is trained for medically focused fitness,
something that Albaugh takes particular pride in. “Our No. 1 goal
is to help people feel comfortable in a safe atmosphere,” says Albaugh.
By working hard and taking care of themselves, the Days have been able
to continue doing the things they love.
Time For Each Other
A dedication to fitness has made it possible for Tom and Norma to continue
to travel, even into their 90s. They love cruises, like the one they took
through the Holland Canals, with the prettiest gardens they had ever seen.
In April, they went with the whole family on a cruise down the East Coast
of the U.S. It helps that they all get along and love spending time with
each other. In total, Tom and Norma have traveled to 56 different countries.
In her spare time, Norma loves to volunteer at Frederick Memorial Hospital.
She has been a dedicated volunteer for over 25 years, currently at the
surgical desk. Her duties consist of arranging conferences between the
physicians and the family members and escorting the family members to
the recovery area after surgery.
But, what Tom and Norma love more than anything is spending time with each
other. After their Saturday morning workout, you’re likely to find
them at the Mountain View Diner enjoying a healthy breakfast and talking
with their favorite waitress, Fran. Thanks to years of dedication to their
health and well-being, moments like this are still possible.
Learn More About Us
Interested in learning more about
ProMotion Fitness+ and what it can do for your health? Our highly qualified staff offers
personal attention and guidance as needed, and they can help you to reach
your health goals. “My goals for my participants are based on their
goals for themselves,” says Albaugh. “For most of them, it’s
about longevity and quality of life.” To
enroll in our program or for more information, call 240-215-1470 or visit fmh.org and search