Proper nutrition and physical activity play a critical role as we get older. Millions of older adults are taking stock of their health and hitting the gym to get the physical activity they need to help keep their muscles strong and prevent many health problems such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer and high blood pressure.

Healthways SilverSneakers® Fitness program is a fun, energizing way to get the activity you need to help you stay healthy and independent. Whether you enjoy walking on the treadmill, riding the stationary bike or taking group exercise classes like those available through SilverSneakers, it’s important to keep moving.

Here are some helpful tips for staying active:

• Engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate activity, such as brisk walking, on five or more days.

• Include strength training exercises in your regular workouts at least twice a week to improve and maintain muscular strength and endurance.

• If you have difficulty with your mobility, perform moderate amounts of low-impact activities such as swimming, water exercises or stretching.

• Gentle forms of yoga and tai chi help to promote flexibility, improve balance and increase strength.

As a SilverSneakers member, you have access to more than 11,000 participating locations nationwide. Please remember to consult your physician before starting SilverSneakers or any exercise program.

The YMCA offers full access to the facility including the pool, whirlpool, locker rooms, cardio center, weight room, gyms and the brand new Senior Fitness Center for a comfortable, easy access space. The Senior Fitness Center includes furnished coffee, TV, treadmill, bikes and an area to participate in our classes all without walking up one step!

If you would like to learn more about what the YMCA can offer you regarding your SilverSneakers membership please call the YMCA at (419) 238-0443. Make us your headquarters for fitness and let SilverSneakers help you get fit your way!