Forever Fit

Kim Johnson of Evermore Fitness watches Joan Patton’s form during a recent training session.

By Kimberly Johnson 

At age 76, Joan Patton of Gainesville continues to maintain and set new standards in her personal physical fitness and well-being. She began working with a personal trainer ten years ago because she wanted to be held accountable to her fitness goals. Also, because she is an avid golf player, she knew that finding someone to assist in functional fitness would help her strengthen her game.

Clearly, Patton is a prime example of how seniors can develop, maintain, and advance their overall mobility, feel more confident, and have a greater quality of life at every age.

Patton, a mother of five, was an educator in Fairfax County from 1972 to 2010. She taught at Lee High School in Springfield and Westfield High School in Chantilly. Physical fitness was not a priority during her child-rearing and professional years, but she still led a very active life. Upon her retirement, even though she is blessed with very good health, she knew she needed to improve her personal fitness and to work on specific aspects of fitness that are very important for aging adults to address. Core strength and balance were at the top of her list and to make sure she stuck it out and did the work, finding a trainer to be accountable to was crucial.

“If I have an appointment, I do it!” said Patton.

Through my firm, Evermore Fitness, LLC, which specializes in geriatric training, I have been working with Joan since 2012. She’s made great strides and improvements in her core strength, balance, and her golf game through golf specific exercise.

“Sometimes I forget how old I am until I walk past a mirror!” Patton said. She also states that she does not refrain from doing what she wants to do. And, most importantly, does not sweat the small stuff.

Passionate about getting older adults to exercise, Patton swears by her motto, “keep moving,” and recommends that those seniors contemplating improving their personal health not hesitate to do so.

“You can feel youthful again,” she says, “and your mind is more alert.”

About the Author: Kim Johnson is the owner of Evermore Fitness, LLC. Located in Haymarket, Evermore Fitness is an in-home post physical therapy/fitness training company, specializing in geriatric, Parkinson’s Disease, spinal injury, and overall health, fitness, and wellbeing for seniors. For more information, email

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