Fitness Classes for Seniors

December 21st, 2014 | By Gary No Comments

 

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Are you a senior who usually stays inside with minimal activity all winter? Do you know an older friend or family member who falls into this trap of inactivity?

During the colder months, many of us don’t get enough physical activity, and this is especially concerning for senior adults. Regular movement and activity is important because it helps seniors maintain muscle, flexibility, range of motion, circulation, and overall health and wellness. Fortunately, in the greater Athens area, there are lots of organizations and facilities that offer programs to help seniors stay active through the winter and all year round. Here are a few to get you started.

The Center for Active Living (CAL), a program of Athens Community Council on Aging (ACCA), is a multi-purpose center dedicated to offering a variety of opportunities for older adults of the Athens and surrounding areas. CAL provides learning opportunities to engage older adults (50+) by offering unique social, cultural, educational, and wellness-related classes and activities. Some of their wellness and activity classes include Smart MOVES and On the MOVE fitness classes, yoga, Tai Chi, free style dance, line dancing, and walking groups. To learn more, visit www.accaging.org/cal or call 706-549-4850

The Athens YMCA is an obvious place where seniors can maintain and improve their physical fitness through a wide variety of activities and programs. Whether you like to participate in a class with others or work out on your own, the YMCA has lots of options to match your interest and abilities. For the active older adult, the Y offers a great seated or standing aerobic class called YMCA Gold. If you like to get wet, then you might want to consider water aerobics or their Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program. To find out more about the YMCA programs, go to www.athensymca.org or call 706-543-6596.

In addition to their fitness center, weight room and indoor pool, the YWCO of Athens offers adult exercise programs and fitness classes for the body and mind. Adult fitness classes are available for all levels and interests and include circuit training, dance aerobics, Pilates, step class, Zumba, yoga, cardio and weight training, water exercise, and more. The YWCO also works with SilverSneakers® Fitness Program, the nation’s leading fitness program designed exclusively for older adults. It promotes healthy, active lifestyles through unique physical activity programs. For more information about programs at the YWCO, visit www.ywco.org or call 706-354-7880.

County senior centers offer a variety of wellness and fitness classes for their county’s senior residents. Many include fun and interactive group classes like Zumba, line dancing, yoga, walking, and general exercise. Contact the senior center in your county for more information.

 

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