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.
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Try the following exercise classes and fitness locations in metro Atlanta that are geared specifically toward seniors:
Aline Wolfe Adult Recreation Center
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.
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta (MJCCA)
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.
Just Fitness 4U
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.
DeKalb Medical Wellness Center
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.
Movement Improvement Tai Chi and Qi Gong
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.
Park Place at Newtown School
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.
Senior Fit Atlanta
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.