Older Adult Fitness

Older Adult Fitness Overview

Physical activity is essential to healthy aging. Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. Exercise can help you:

 

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Older Adult Fitness classes are free to SilverSneakers members.
  • Maintain and improve physical strength and ftness
  • Improve ability to do day-to-day actvities without becoming dependent on others
  • Improve balance
  • Manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis
  • Reduce feelings of depression and may improve mood and overall well-being
  • Help prevent many age-related health problems

Older Adult Fitness Programming Registration

  • Register at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk prior to class start date
  • Purchase a Parking Pass (if needed) from the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk
    $30 for Annual Pass
  • Complete a Waiver and Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PDF)
  • A medical clearance is required prior to participating only if answering "yes" to one or more questions on the PAR-Q. Consult your physician and provide the Physician Consent Form (PDF) prior to participation. 

For More Information: Karyn Smith, Health Educator: 419.372.9309 | karync@bgsu.edu
Older Adult Fitness Programming brought to you in partnership with the BGSU Optimal Aging Institute.

Fall 2017 Fitness Class and Activity Schedule

Click the tabs below for complete information about each program.

Also known as Senior Swim, is a therapeutic aquatics program designed for older adults. WET has a positive effect on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and joint flexibility, and is set in a social atmosphere.

  • Session 1: August 21 - October 13
  • Session 2: October 16 - December 15
  • Limited to 25 participants per class
  • Registration at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk is required
Time Days Location SilverSneakers Member SRC Member Non-SRC Member
7:30 - 8:30 AM
Mondays* & Wednesdays Andrews Pool No Charge $10 $50
7:30 - 8:30 AM Tuesdays & Thursdays Andrews Pool No Charge $10 $50
9 - 10 AM
Mondays* and Wednesdays
Andrews Pool
No Charge $10 $50

*No class on Labor Day
*SRC Members: Register for a second fitness class, within the same session, for only $5.

A dynamic combination of muscle strengthening exercises and weight-bearing cardiovascular exercises - the two types of exercise most important for building bone density! The class also incorporates exercises to improve balance, coordination, agility, and flexibility. 

  • Session 1: August 21 - October 13
  • Session 2: October 16 - December 15
  • Limited to 25 participants per class
  • Registration at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk is required
Time Days Location SilverSneakers Member SRC Member Non-SRC Member
9 - 10 AM
Tuesdays & Thursdays
Student Recreation Center Classroom No Charge $10 $50

A wonderful class catered to those who have difficulty sitting on the floor, have injuries, or are interested in a modified practice. Class includes:

  • Breathing exercises and different meditation styles
  • Mindful movements to stiff joints and gentle stretching to tight muscles
  • Seated routines near a wall for extra support and use of a chair and wall for balance postures and standing stretches

The goal of this practice is to find comfort and ease in our bodies and minds. This class is appropriate for those of all levels, ages, and body types.

  • Session 1: August 21 - October 13
  • Session 2: October 16 - December 15
  • Limited to 25 participants per class
  • Registration at the Student Recreation Center Welcome Desk is required
Time Days Location SilverSneakers Member SRC Member Non-SRC Member
9 - 10 AM
Fridays Student Recreation Center Classroom
No Charge $5 $25
Time Days Location SilverSneakers Member SRC Member Non-SRC Member
8 - 10 AM
Monday - Friday
Student Recreation Center MAC Gym No Charge No Charge $5 per day

Pickleball is a racquet sports that combines elements of badminton, tennis, and table tennis. Two, three, or four players use solid paddles made of wood or composite materials to hit a perforated polymer ball, similar to a wiffle ball, over a net. Pickleball is for drop-in participation only. Hours may vary during University break periods, holidays, and special events and are subject to chage. Paddles and balls are available for checkout at the SRC Welcome Desk.

Learn how to safely use the cardio eqiupment, strength machines, or perform basic free weight and stretching exercises. Schedule a free equipment orientation at the Student Recreation Center with a certified personal trainer.

Contact Karyn Smith, Health Educator - Wellness Connection, at karync@bgsu.edu to schedule a session.

Open Walking at the Perry Field House

  • Time: 6:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Monday - Friday
  • Cost: SilverSneakers and SRC Members: No Charge | Non-SRC Member: $5/Week or $50/Semester

Free monthly socials for older adults, SilverSneakers members and guests.

  • Dates: First Wednesday of each month
    September 6, October 4, November 1, and December 6, 2017
  • Time: 9 AM
  • Location: Student Recreation Center Classroom

Featuring FREE COFFEE and a different host each month from BGSU or the community. For those without a BGSU parking permit, a parking kiosk is available in Lot X (Rear Entrance on Mercer Road) to purchase hourly passes.