Senior Fit at The Centre

If you are age 50 plus and are looking for a way to stay fit and make new friends, this is for you.  Why not join us for some fun by participating in some of the following activities:

  • Senior Fit Classes are held Mon, Wed,10:30 am, Fri at 9:15 am
  • Active Adult Classes are held Tues & Thurs at 10:30 am
  • Mix and Mingle Coffee Club from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
  • Senior of the Month recognition
  • Senior Luncheon – last Wednesday of the month
  • Holiday Party
  • Birthday Club

To obtain more information on how to become part of this community, stop by The Centre Fitness Desk or call 847-531-7025.

Senior Fit Aerobics + More

Senior Fit Aerobics works at getting aerobically fit while doing fun moves and creative activities. Besides just looking and feeling great, this class helps strengthen the heart, deter osteoporosis, strengthens muscles, improves mental alertness, helps lower blood pressure, relieves stress and increases energy. Each class includes low impact aerobics, weight training, tai chi and stretching. All of this is done at your own pace and ability. The class is taught by Danae Molitor on Mon, Wed, and Debby Bailey on Fri. Senior Fit alternates between low impact aerobics, stretches, and strength builders. On Tues and Thurs, Dawn Jones teaches the Active Adult class with low intensity interval training.

Age: 50 years and older   Day: Mon – Tues -Wed -Thurs - Fri Time: 10:30 am-11:15 am (Fri: 9:15 am)
Instructor: Mon, Wed: Danae Molitor; Tues – Thurs: Dawn Jones; Fri: Debby Bailey
Location: The Centre, Mon – Thus: Aerobic Studio; Fri: Spin Studio

Fees: Senior Rate Punch Pass Options (62 and older)
Punch Passes are available in the following options:

PUNCH PASSES Member Resident Non-Res
Daily Drop In Fee $6 $6 $7
12 punches/classes $48 $51 $60
24 punches/classes $96 $102 $120

Fees: Unlimited Pass (62 and older)The options listed above will be based on a 3 month session, coinciding with the Parks and Recreation Department seasonal program brochure. Expiration dates will apply. Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable. There is no credit or refund for unused punches. All punch passes expire the last day of each quarterly session.

UNLIMITED PASS Member Resident Non-Res
1 year unlimited $345 $380 $450
Quarterly Unlimited $125 $135 $160

The 1 year unlimited pass is valid for one year from the date of purchase. The quarterly unlimited pass is valid for three months from the date of purchase. Passes are non-transferable and non-refundable. Group Fitness passes are available at the Fitness or Main Desk.

New Year Fitness Resolutions Are for Slim People, Too

Over the past few decades, health professionals and the media have warned Americans of the dangers of obesity, but don’t think you are off the hook if you are within your ideal weight. The new buzzword in health publications is the sedentary lifestyle. To put it simply, Americans are spending too many hours behind their desks or hooked up to gadgets instead of working out at the pool or enjoying an active aerobics of dance class. Being sedentary is directly linked to everything from heart disease to diabetes, poor circulation, and loss of muscle and bone strength. In this post, we highlight a few reasons why slim people need to be as active as those who are keen to shed excess weight.

Exercise Boosts Your Mental Health

Anxiety disorders affect around 40 million adults in the US, while around 16 million people are battling major depressive disorder. The growing popularity of mindfulness based activities such as yoga and meditation are testimony to the important relationship between physical and mental fitness. As noted by researchers at Harvard Medical School, “Aerobic exercise is the key for your head, just as it is for your heart. It has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress.” Whether wall climbing, dance, or water aerobics ignites your passion, commit to it and aim to work out between 30 to 45 minutes daily.

Being Slim does Not Mean You Have Optimal Muscle Strength

Strength training (involving weights and resistance exercises) able you to sculpt your ideal physique. Even if you are slim, you may wish your shoulders were broader, legs were stronger, or your muscles had a more ripped look; to a certain extent, weights will allow you achieve this.

Many people mistakenly think that weight training will make them look bulky or muscle bound; rather, building muscle takes hours of training and a very strict diet. Just ask bodybuilders, who have to work consistently to achieve bigger bulk.

Slim people can achieve a muscular frame by following a personalized routine and focusing on specific exercises such as squats, deadlifts, and bicep curls. However, most people who lift weights simply obtain a more toned appearance and obtain greater harmony in their body shape.

Weight training is about so much more than shape, of course; it is crucial for bone protection and disease prevention, and it has specific benefits for women. It makes bones denser, which is vital considering that around 80% of people who suffer from osteoporosis, are women.

Heart Health and Vitality

Cardiovascular exercise protects your heart against disease and helps improve your ration of good-to-bad cholesterol. It also increases energy levels and has been found to improve one’s sex life. Working out ensures you maintain a healthy weight, thus preventing so many illnesses related to being overweight and obese.

Even if you are slim, fight the effects of sedentarism by working out regularly, making sure to complete cardiovascular and strength training exercises alike. Your physical and mental health will receive a welcome boost, which you will notice very soon after commencing. More importantly, your exercise routine will help you fight off serious diseases and enable you to face life’s stressors with greater optimism and vitality.

~Article written by Jess Walter

















Five Great Reasons Why Seniors Should Exercise

Some people don’t find exercise much fun. It may call back memories of strict gym teachers or of doing boring routines when you would rather have been engaging in almost any other activity. Happily, the face of exercise has changed. Now you can stay fit doing things you enjoy like dancing, tennis, swimming or yoga. Having all of these choices is great because if you’re an older adult, exercising is vital to your health for several reasons.

1. Exercising Can Manage Chronic Health Problems

Exercise is an effective and inexpensive treatment for many chronic health problems including arthritis, heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure. In addition, some exercises like yoga can improve your balance and make walking easier. According to NIH Senior Health, this reduces the risk of falls and increases the ability to live independently. Of course, if you have health problems, you should check with your doctor before starting an exercise program. It is just important to realize that exercising while older or with health problems, means taking it step by step, and slowly building up to better fitness.

2. Exercising Can Improve Cognitive Health

Engaging in regular physical activity can slow down or even prevent mental decline. Researchers believe that exercise increases blood flow to the brain which promotes cell growth. According to Today’s Caregiver, some doctors say that an exercise routine can even prevent the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

3. Exercising Can Help with Weight Loss and Weight Maintenance

As people get older, their metabolism slows down and they are likely to put on unwanted pounds. Doing an exercise routine on a regular basis increases the metabolism and helps to create lean muscle mass. Both of these processes burn calories and help you lose body fat.

4. Exercising Elevates Mood

Regular exercise, especially if performed in a group setting, can reduce depression symptoms by 30 percent according to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport. This can reduce negative thoughts and help promote a more positive outlook on life. Lower levels of depression can help make you more social and more motivated to take part in enjoyable activities.

5. Exercising Reduces Loss of Bone Mass reports that senior women may experience a two percent loss of bone mass every year. Exercise, especially strength training, can slow or even prevent bone loss. This means fewer debilitating injuries like hip fractures. Since hip fractures are a chief cause of nursing home placement, exercise can help seniors remain independent longer.

Maybe you’re not crazy about exercise. If so, you’re not alone. But working with your doctor to establish a fun, easy exercise routine can provide you with many health benefits. Once you get started, it won’t be long before you start enjoying your workouts.

– Article written by Jess Walter