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ACTIVE OLDER ADULTS (AOA)

At the Tri-Cities Family YMCA, we know that exercise is an important key to influencing the length and quality of a person’s life.  Our Active Older Adults program is for todays active adults 55 and older. It is a way to attain, or maintain, good physical and mental health necessary for a mobile independent life-style free of reliance on relative, friends or institutional care.  It equips a person to withstand the stresses of life and reduces mental fatigue, tension, strain and boredom.  It also helps a person to look, feel and act younger.

We offer programs designed for seniors who desire a fun place to come together to connect with their peers while they become healthier and prevent some of the negative aspects of aging.

Group Exercise Classes

It’s never too late to feel great!  Group exercise provides a supportive and safe environment to help increase one’s strength, endurance, flexibility and balance. The classes listed below are taught by fitness specialists with an expertise in working with Active Older Adults.  Fitness Classes are FREE to Members.  Nonmembers can participate in our group classes by purchasing a Fitness Class Session Pass or daily guest pass at the Welcome Center.

SilverSneakers
This trademarked group exercise class is designed for active older adults. It is an equipment-based, multi-level, total body conditioning class in which students use hand-held weights, elastic tubing, a SilverSneakers play ball and a chair for standing and/or seated support.

Fitness for Life (formerly SilverSneakers):  This is a total body conditioning class for anyone desiring a lower intensity workout. This class may help to improve joint mobility, strength, balance and coordination. Activities include walking, low-impact movement, range of motion exercises, light strength training, balance training, breath work and core strengthening. Multipurpose Room

AOA Water Exercise
The buoyancy of water allows you to improve strength, flexibility and muscular tone while minimizing stress on the joints.

AOA Circuit Training
Strength Training becomes even more important as you age! Participants alternate between Cybex equipment and cardiovascular equipment in the Weight Room.

Group class offerings vary each session so be sure to check the Fitness Schedules or stop by the Welcome Center for the most current information.

Healthy Heart

Formerly Cardiac Rehab, this class is a preventive program designed to enhance the quality of life for people at risk or who have diagnosed heart disease. A medical release from your physician is required for participation.  The class includes cardiovascular exercise, strength and flexibility exercises as well as monthly health education sessions. Our staff of nurses, EMT’s and Exercise Physiologists are here to assist you with your goals of improved health and wellness.

Tuesdays & Thursdays:  10:15 am – 11:30 am

Blood pressure screening is available from 10:00- 10:30.

Healthy Heart is a FREE program to MEMBERS.

NONMEMBERS may participate by purchasing a punch card ($48 for 6 visits) at the Welcome Center.

Pedaling for Parkinson’s

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson’s disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace – optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minute.  Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson’s disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it.  We do know that fast-paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease.

Participants can ride on stationary Tandem bikes where another individual can help them reach the necessary revolutions.  Individuals with higher capacity can ride individual bikes.

Classes are held 3 times a week.  Medical clearance is required by your doctor. Consent forms can be picked up at the Welcome Center.

This program is FREE to MEMBERS.

NONMEMBERS may participate in this program by paying a $10 drop in fee per visit.

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