Best exercise classes in metro Atlanta for seniors

  • Mary Caldwell
  • For the AJC
7:51 p.m Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016 Atlanta health, diet and fitness news
Brant Sanderlin
March 25, 2015 Sandy Springs, GA:Randy Nicholson, owner of Fitness Firm Studio in Sandy Springs offers encouragement and resistance via roller skates during Linda Steger's morning workout. After years of not working out, Steger, 66, resumed workouts but found herself getting hurt until she stared going to trainer Randy Nicholson, owner of Fitness Firm Studio. Nicholson specializes in pain therapy and clients over the age of 40. BRANT SANDERLIN/BSANDERLIN@AJC.COM

Failing to get enough exercise isn't good for people of any age, but it's particularly harmful for seniors. Regular activity can prevent many health problems and help seniors remain independent for longer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Older adults should get about 150 minutes of exercise a week, and this can be easier if you're with other people of the same age, taking a class that's designed for your age group

Try the following exercise classes and fitness locations in metro Atlanta that are geared specifically toward seniors: 

884 Church St., Smyrna. 678-631-5541. smyrnacity.com/your-government/departments/parks-recreation/parks/show-all-parks/aline-wolfe-adult-recreation-center

This center is designed for adults 55 years and older and offers aquatic exercise, dance and fitness classes. Wellness workshops are also held, and the fitness room has exercise equipment designed specifically for seniors. 

5342 Tilly Mill Road, Dunwoody. 678-813-4000. atlantajcc.org

The center welcomes people of all faiths and hosts over 85 group exercise classes a week. Some classes are specifically designed for seniors age 70 and up, including a group exercise class, a yoga class and more. 

11105 State Bridge Road, Alpharetta. 770-754-1500. justfitness4u.com

Senior Fit Club classes are offered at Just Fitness 4U's Alpharetta/Johns Creek location. 

2665 North Decatur Road, Ground Floor, Decatur. 404-501-2222. dekalbmedical.org/our-services/wellness-center

The Senior Cardio Jam class is intermediate to advanced in intensity and combines a step with upper body movements. 

460 Newnan Crossing Bypass, Newnan. 770-251-9909. atlantafitness.com

The AF Seniors Class provides a low-impact aerobic workout for all fitness levels. It's designed to increase strength, range of motion and agility while making daily activities easier. A chair is used in the workout. 

Atlanta, Decatur locations. silversneakers.com

SilverSneakers classes are offered more than 13,000 locations nationwide, including many different metro Atlanta sites such as fitness clubs and churches. Classes offered include classic fitness, cardio fit, stability and more. 

1083 Austin Drive, Suite 2, Atlanta. 404-525-6466. shouldersdown.com

This class is specially designed for seniors of all activity levels as well as those who have issues that may restrict their balance or movement. Classes are held at many locations, including churches, throughout the metro Atlanta area. 

3125 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek. 678-512-3200. johnscreekga.gov/ParkPlace

This active adult center is designed for use by seniors age 62 and up. Several exercise classes are available, including yoga, Zumba, outdoor fitness, strength and balance and pickleball. 

441 Clairmont Ave., Decatur. 404-909-6872. seniorfitatlanta.com

Personal training is offered, as well as group classes in assisted living and independent living communities. Senior Fit was founded by exercise physiologist Bradford Bailey and offers training by professionals.

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