Exercise Programs 

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Multiple exercise Classes are offered at the Ashland Senior Center 5 days a week. Classes are offered on a drop-in basis to all seniors. Each instructor has the right to decide on the maximum number of participants they can comfortable and safely instruct during any given class. We apologize for the inconvenience, everyone's safety is our biggest concern.   

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Exercise with Joni: Monday, Wednesday and Fridays at 9:30am 

Regular exercise for seniors helps improve mental and physical health which can help you maintain independence as you age. Aerobic exercise helps to prevent diseases by improving your immune system which is often compromised in older adults. It reduces injury from falls by increasing strength and flexibility. Exercise helps with motor skills and cognitive function which studies suggest lowers the risk of dementia. Most importantly it increases mental health by increasing endorphins, the "feel good" hormones You're moving and grooving in a group keeps you connected with other fighting loneliness and depression that many older adults can succumb too.

 

Zumba Gold For Seniors With Gina: Tuesday's 9:30am 

Zumba Gold is perfect for active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba class that recreates the original Zumba moves at a lower-intensity. The Zumba Gold class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Class’s focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance! Be ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong. 

 

Practically Fit with Mary Ellen, Tuesday and Thursday at 11:00am 

A fun and safe workout program you can scale to suit your activity level. Equipment is optional. Build strength and stamina, improve your core and balance and gain valuable health tips. We use functional training methods to help you stay motivated so you can get busy LIVING!



Chair yoga safely improves senior health: Tuesdays at 1:00pm


Yoga has been shown to improve overall health when practiced regularly.  it can be incredibly beneficial for people with mobility issues, including elderly people and those with disabilities. Chair yoga is a gentle form of yoga that can be done sitting on a chair or standing on the ground while using the chair for support. Staying seated is a great way for older adults or those who aren’t very flexible or steady on their feet safely do the exercises and reap the wonderful health benefits of yoga. By participating in chair yoga on regular bases older adults can loosen and stretch painful muscles, reduce stress, and improve circulation. It can also reduce anxiety, help lower blood pressure, protect joints, and build strength and balance thus creating a healthier lifestyle. 

 

Parkinson’s Exercise with Joyce, Wednesday and Friday at 11:15am 

Parkinson’s exercise reduces stiffness and improves mobility, posture, balance and gait. As will as keeping the heart, lungs, and nervous system healthy, exercise also helps reduce depression, stress, anxiety and ward off changes in the brain caused by aging aging and Parkinson’s. It does not matter what type of exercise a person with Parkinson’s does, what is important is that they are doing it regularly. Studies show that people with PD who exercised regularly for 2.5 hours a week had a smaller decline in mobility and quality of life over two years. 

 

Tai Chi with Jean O’Conner, Thursdays at 9:30am 

Tai Chi is a way to exercise that consists of slow, graceful, deliberate body movements while breathing deeply. It is known to help seniors improve balance and prevent falls. It is known to improve leg strength, cardio, flexibility, immune system, sleep, and improve cognitive thinking. 

 

Mind Fulfilled Meditation with Lisa Campbell, Thursdays at 12:15pm

Live a happier, healthier, more peaceful life by practicing different meditation and breathing techniques (including a practice that the Alzheimer’s Research Foundation recommends for boosting brain function!) to help generate greater resilience for your body, mind, and emotions.  We’ll have a lot of fun building a nurturing community through laughter, sharing of insights, and by learning how to support healthy relationships with ourselves and others.  All levels and abilities are welcome.