CarDon offers virtual exercise classes


CarDon Conditioning’s video exercise program is designed to stretch the brain and body.

The weekly program is based at CarDon’s Bell Trace in Bloomington. Bell Trace Life Enrichment Director Julie Hill provides the Mindful Monday videos, sharing mindful motivation and meditation. On Fit Fridays, Bell Trace Fitness Center Director Alyssa Jackson guides viewers through a seated exercise class.

The CarDon & Associates Hamilton County communities are Carmel Health & Living Community, Carmel; Copper Trace, Westfield; Hamilton Trace, Fishers and Harbour Manor & The Lodge, Noblesville.

The video exercise program is available on CarDon’s Facebook, Twitter, YouTube pages and on

“Our CarDon Conditioning Program launched at the end of April,” Jackson said. “The program was designed in light of the stay-at-home orders due to COVID-19. We were seeing seniors not only in our communities, but in the community at large, who were eager for social interaction as well as missing their routine workouts at local senior centers, the YMCA, etc. The idea was a direct result of wanting to help seniors fill that void during such a stressful time.

“Participants who are used to in-person classes will recognize most of the moves we do in the video, with maybe a couple of twists and variations to keep them fresh.”

Jackson said the Exercise & Mindfulness classes at Bell Trace are two of the most popular activities.

“When we had to stop holding them in person, that was difficult for our residents,” she said. “When the residents learned we had online classes available, they were so excited. We help them set up bookmarks and links on their devices, and we even have iPads they can borrow if they don’t have technology to access to the internet. Participation in our community has been great, with several residents completing videos daily.

“We have also been so happy to have seniors from other locations join in on our workouts, from Bloomington and Bargersville to the north side of Indianapolis and as far east as Richmond.”