Senior citizen health and fitness programs

SilverSneakers program included with many of the Medicare Plans

Anytime Fitness in Sarasota is open to the SilverSneakers program
Anytime Fitness - Broadway Promenade Plaza in downtown Sarasota serving SilverSneakers

In February I wrote about the programs on Longboat Key that help seniors stay healthy in their body and their mind. Centers at Bayfront Park, in the Centre Shops and Temple Beth Israel provide a healthy dose of yoga, Pilates, Zumba and stretching activities. They also introduce Asian techniques such as Tai Chi, Qigong and Nia. Throw in some meditation classes and you have a well-rounded support structure.

Although the median age in Sarasota is nearly 25 years younger, senior citizens still have a wide range of programs for that demographic age group. The SilverSneakers program is designed for those over the age of 65 and included with many of the Medicare Plans. It includes a network of over 16,000 fitness locations in the United States. There are several locations near downtown and off Fruitville Road to choose from.

In the Burns Court area there is the Senior Friendship Center that is listed as a SilverSneakers program facility. By the Publix near 10th Street and Tamiami Trail is Anytime Fitness and down by Bahia Vista Street on Tamiami Trail is Elite Health. There are a couple Sarasota Crunch Fitness, LA Fitness and Youfit centers in the program.

Eleven classes are taught through the SilverSneakers to build the mind, mobility and cardiovascular system. The Classic builds muscle mobility, Circuit concentrates on low-impact upper-body strength and the Cardiofit uses aerobics to maintain a healthy body. Two water programs, Splash and Water in Motion burn calories and are safe for those with no swimming ability. Muscle, Stability, Mind, Flex and Movement complete the series. Guests can choose one or all, contact your center for times and availability. Check the SilverSneakers website for program eligibility, locations and registration.

The two YMCA centers are membership sites that offer a series of programs for senior adults. The Frank G. Berlin, Sr. YMCA on Euclid Avenue and the Evalyn Sadlier Jones YMCA on Potter Park Drive are open seven days a week, including limited times on holidays. Although there are many programs for children, upcoming classes feature Arthur Murray Dance Lessons, dance parties and adult tap. Social interactive programs of Mah Jong card games are also provided. There is Medicare Insurance Counseling sessions by reservations at the Sadlier Jones center.

Most of the 55+, assisted living and nursing homes have programs geared for healthy, active seniors. Well trained staff members assist in group exercises while some also have fitness centers where individuals can direct their own sessions.

Personal trainers are very active for seniors in Sarasota. Knowing the certification training programs designed specifically for seniors is helpful when making your selection. American Senior Fitness Association (SFA/ASFA) has been certifying personal trainers since 1992 through its Senior Personal Trainer (SPT) certification. The American Sports Fitness Association (ASFA) offers a Senior Fitness Instruction Certification (SFIC) program for professional trainers. Continuing education, study support and fitness resources are available to personal trainers certified as an ACE Senior Fitness Specialist (SFS), accredited through the National Commission of Certifying Agencies (NCCA) and the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). If you have a specific ailment you may be able to find a trainer specialized in its recovery.

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