Active Lives for Older Adults

The YMCA offers Active Older Adult fitness and aquatic classes to help senior citizens stay strong and independent. We also offer social events and activities at both of our locations. Contact Shashu Baraka, Active for Life Director, at 269-459-4856 for more information.

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Classic Strength

We've combined components of Enhance Fitness® and SilverSneakers® Classic to offer a chair fitness class that focuses on exercises to enhance activities of daily living.  Classic Strength is a no impact/low-intensity cardio, strength, and balance class that uses hand weights, resistance bands, ankle weights, and small balls. Not all of the equipment listed is used for every class, instructor's choice. This is a healthy aging focused class; however, adults of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Class Locations

  • Maple
  • Portage

SilverSneakers® Classic

Have fun and move with music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. This program uses hand-held weights, elastic tubing, resistance balls, and chairs for seated and standing support.

Class Locations

  • Portage

SilverSneakers® Yoga

Yoga will move your whole body through a series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility,balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

Class Locations

  • Maple
  • Portage

Moving For Better Balance®

This 12-week program teaches participants balance skills and proper body alignment by using coordinated and flowing movements. The course is designed for older adults who can walk easily with or without assistive devices. We ll help you develop greater flexibility and more confidence.

Class Locations

  • Maple
  • Portage

 


SilverSneakers® Splash

Splash offers fun, shallow water moves to improve agility, flexibility, and cardio endurance. A special kick board is used to develop strength, balance and coordination. No swimming ability is required.

Class Locations

  • Maple
  • Portage

Arthritis Aquatics

Designed to help with increased flexibility, mobility, range of motion, muscular strength and endurance, along with trunk stabilization and balance. An instructor will lead you through exercises which have been approved by physicians and physical therapists.

Class Locations

  • Maple
  • Portage

Arthritis Aquatics Deep Water

Designed to help with increased flexibility, mobility, range of motion, muscular strength and endurance, along with trunk stabilization and balance. Exercises have been approved by physicians and physical therapists. Participants must be comfortable in all depths of the pool; classes use both shallow and deep ends.

Class Locations

  • Maple