Blog Category - Health & Fitness

Taking Steps Toward a Healthy Lifestyle at Cornerstone Homes

Categories: Blog, Health & Fitness, Uncategorized | Posted: November 2, 2018

Getting a few friends together for a group walk may be more beneficial than you think!  It can contribute to your health without any side effects. This easy and enjoyable exercise is great for your physical and mental health, improving circulation, sleep, and mood, among many others.

Based on scientific studies of walking groups over time, participants at the end of the study had experienced some sort of benefit; lower cholesterol, lower heart rate, or weight loss.  Walking is such a great way to enhance your quality of life. So challenge yourself – set goals – buy a fit bit. Here are a few reasons why you should put on your walking shoes and go!

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1. Walking is not Limiting  

It is free and simple.  You can go alone or with friends, and get fresh air at the same time. 

2. Get on your Feet

We tend to become more and more sedentary, whether watching TV, eating meals, looking at the computer, or riding in your car. This can take a toll on your health. Just 30 minutes of walking each day will improve your health.

3. Improved Balance  

Walking is the easiest way to strengthen muscles in your legs, back, and abdomen, all which keep you steady.

4. Keeps you Independent

Walking will help you stay in shape, so you have an easier time doing daily tasks. It gives you a sense of independence.

5. Makes you Happy 🙂 

Walk with a friend! This activity encourages being social and reaching out to others.

Along with all of these benefits, there are many others. Walking eases joint pain, boosts immune function, benefits memory, and helps you sleep.   Cornerstone Homes Fitness Center

Living in a walkable Cornerstone Homes community, you can meet up with friends or take your dog on the community walking trails. You can stroll along the community sidewalks throughout the neighborhood, or head to the Corner Patch Gardens to see what’s growing. On those rainy days, you can always head to the clubhouse and work out in the fully equipped fitness center while watching your favorite show.

All of our Cornerstone Homes communities are located near numerous county and state parks. Grab a neighbor or your four-legged friend and head out for a change of scenery.

Staying fit at Cornerstone Homes is easier and more fun than you’d ever imagine. whether you enjoy walking indoors or outdoors, you have many options to stay fit and reap the physical and mental health benefits that this exercise offers. There’s nothing like a nice walk to get your blood pumping and make your mind feel fresh and clear — get up and get walking!  

For more information on living a healthier and better life now, please visit our website or come and visit to see firsthand. We look forward to showing you what life can be like. It’s time to take that first step!


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Staying Fit: The Benefits of an Active Lifestyle in a Cornerstone Homes Community

Categories: Blog, Health & Fitness, Uncategorized | Posted: October 11, 2018

Since its founding, Cornerstone Homes has been solely focused on building homes and communities dedicated to the wellness, connection, and lifestyle of people 55+.   

We understand that physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits and that regular activity can improve your quality of life in many ways.  Not only do our communities foster connecting and having fun with your neighbors, but they also offer numerous ways to stay active.  This includes walkable communities with lighted sidewalks, trails through natural areas, an outdoor pool, and well-equipped Fitness Centers located in our Clubhouses. 

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Barley Woods Pool

Cornerstone Homes is excited to introduce you to Lori Dietz, our fitness partner at Barley Woods in Fredericksburg! Lori, a certified ACSM personal trainer and aging specialist, is the owner of RUHIP, LLC.   She is also a water aerobics and diabetes prevention instructor.  Lori is a perfect fit to enhance the lifestyle and fitness of our homeowners at Barley Woods. 

When Lori reached 50, she realized that exercising, staying fit, and doing everyday tasks “just wasn’t as easy as it used to be.” Because her passion had always been educating people about how to exercise and stay healthy, she asked herself: why not pursue this further by reaching those my age?

Lori Dietz Fitness Cornerstone Homes

From her extensive educational background in health and wellness, and her love of helping others, she created RUHIP, LLC, a specialized Health Improvement Program for men and women over 50, working with those rehabilitating from injuries and surgeries, and those who simply want a better quality of life. 

Out of this incredible organization, the Functionality of Getting Older was born!  FOGO is a program that teaches multidimensional exercises designed to improve important everyday functions, including balance, coordination, strength, and cognition. Not to mention, they’re fun to do.

At Cornerstone Homes, Lori offers a free monthly orientation of the exercise room and its equipment, teaches the FOGO program, and trains residents one-on-one. Next summer, she’ll offer a water aerobics class in the outdoor pool! Aside from the many ways to stay fit in a Cornerstone Homes community, from walking trails to nearby parks, our spacious and friendly fitness centers put the “active” in an active adult community.

Lori Dietz Fitness Cornerstone Homes

Staying fit promotes a high quality of life and gives you more freedom of movement. Lori’s motto is: “To move is to live, to live is to move.” When you understand the physical aging process — what’s normal, what will change, and how to “move” through it — you can take on this new chapter of your life with the greatest strength.Chickahomy falls yoga

Lori’s advice? It’s never too late to move. Whether you’re walking along one of our scenic trails, hanging out at the Corner Patch Gardens, swimming in a clubhouse pool, taking a fun class with a friend in the group fitness center, or picking vegetables in your community garden, you’ll love the many activities here that get you moving. This season, let’s stay fit! 


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End-of-Season Recipes from the Corner Patch Garden

Categories: Blog, Health & Fitness, Home & Garden, Uncategorized | Posted: September 20, 2018

Fall may be approaching fast, but summer’s not over just yet… At Cornerstone Homes, we believe in soaking up every last drop of the season, and there’s no better way to do this than by enjoying the delicious summer and fall foods that grow in our Corner Patch Gardens!

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Our homeowners have had so much fun at the monthly garden social mixers this summer. They have experienced and learned how to harvest fresh veggies and tasted some healthy and unique dishes straight from the garden. We want to share a few of our favorite recipes with you.

Watermelon Salad

Corner Patch Garden Watermelon Salad


  • 1/2 medium-sized watermelon
  • 1/2 cup of arugula 2 oz of mint or basil
  • 8 oz of feta cheese
  • Balsamic vinegar Olive oil


Cube watermelon by slicing in half and then slicing wedges out of the flesh. Crumble feta and spread over the bowl of cubed watermelon. Add fresh arugula leaves, mint and/or basil. Mix balsamic vinegar and olive oil together. Shake vigorously and pour over salad.


Sweet Pea Mayo Dip

Cornerstone Cooks Recipe Sweet pea Garden Summer


  • 1 cup of fresh sugar snap peas (frozen peas work as well!)
  • 6 oz of organic mayonnaise
  • Salt and pepper Soy sauce


Puree sugar snap peas in food processor or mottle them by hand. Add mayonnaise, soy sauce, and salt and pepper. Vigorously mix all ingredients together until uniformly blended. Serve with fresh veggies, chips, or anything dippable.

Fresh Zucchini Salad

Zucchini Vegetable Cornerstone Homes Recipe


  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 tomato
  • 1/4 head of cauliflower
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Oregano
  • Pepper flakes


Using a food processor or spiralizer, slice zucchini and cucumber into super thin slices or spirals. Cube tomato Rice cauliflower (by hand or with a food processor.) Mix all ingredients together until cauliflower covers all ingredients. Make the dressing with olive oil, apple cider vinegar, and seasoning Serve cold or stir-fry the entire mix.

We hope you enjoy these refreshing and flavorful summer dishes! Crafted with love from our Cornerstone family to yours, they remind us what’s so special about our Corner Patch Gardens. Make sure to keep your eyes open for our final CPG event in October and more recipes.


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