Exercising after 50

As we age, our body’s needs change.  Exercising in your 30s and 40s should look very different than exercising in your 50s and beyond.  

While exercise is still an important part of keeping hearts healthy, muscles strong and waists trim, our habits should take into consideration some natural consequences of aging. Injury, fatigue and muscle and joint aches usually accompany an increase in maturity. Many people choose low-impact exercises like swimming, yoga and tai chi to stay fit and pain-free. The Brentwood Senior Center offers yoga, tai chi classes and walking groups as well as two levels of Premier Fitness classes. Olivia Alvarez, recreation supervisor for the senior center, said that local seniors take their fitness very seriously. 

“It’s interesting to see the dynamics in the classes,” Alvarez explained. “(The participants) develop great relationships with each other and the class instructors. It’s more than just coming to class – people start sharing recipes, remedies, health advice, and they are really trying to improve their quality of life and health overall.”

In addition to the senior center, local gyms have classes that can work for seniors. Delta Valley Health Club offers yoga, Zumba and Barre classes, which are all low impact. In-Shape Fitness offers classes specifically designed for older participants, and Diamond Hills Sports Club has a wide range of aqua aerobics.

Delta Valley Health Club  is located at 120 Guthrie Lane in Brentwood. For more information, call 925-240-2990.

In-Shape Brentwood is located at 180 Griffith Lane, call 925-513-8700.

Diamond Hills Sports Club and Spa is located at 1510 Neroly Road in Oakley, call 925-420-4575.

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