Brookline Community Aging Network

 

All About Exercise

Being physically active on a regular basis is one of the healthiest things we can do for ourselves. In fact, "taking it easy" has actually been found to be risky. For the most part, when we lose the ability to do things on our own, it's often because we've not been active.

The following table of physical activities available in Brookline does not pretend to be comprehensive. But among these activities, you will find the whole range of benefits that exercise can impart: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility.

If you wish to explore further the benefits of physical activity – and how to embark on a regular program and how to stick with it – you may want to look at the on-line book Exercise & Physical Activity: Your Everyday Guide from the National Institute on Aging.      

 

Fitness Centers

Brookline Senior Center Fitness Center
93 Winchester St

  • Always-present fitness coordinator helps set up and refine exercise programs. Use Nautilus strength-training machines, Nu Step, other bikes, and weights; learn essential stretches.
  • M-Thurs: 9:30-4:30 pm
    Friday:10:00am-3:00pm
  • Monthly fee: $35.
    Fee for initial assessment and program design: $35
    Some scholarships available.
  • Schedule 2 or 3 sessions per week.
    Some free classes with membership.
    To learn more or join, contact fitness coordinator Sharon Devine at sdevine@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2741.

Center Communities of Brookline Fitness Center
100 Centre St

  • “Get Up & Go” program:
    Individualized exercise program in small-group setting for ages 50-plus. Research-based program improves cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, flexibility, and balance.
  • Tues & Thurs 1:00-3:30 (workouts are 30-60 minutes)
  • Initiation fee of $100 is waived for members of BrooklineCAN.
    Monthly fee: $75/person; $125/couple
  • For more information, contact Chris Young at chrisyoung@hsl.harvard.edu or 617-363-8046.
    See CCB website

 

Gym Program at Center Communities,
A Bargain for BrooklineCAN Members

For decades, scientists at the Institute on Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife have been exploring the most effective approaches to building exercise programs for older people. The result is an individualized exercise program that is being offered to BrooklineCAN members at a bargain rate.

The Get Up & Go program, offered by Center Communities of Brookline, helps participants improve in all components of fitness—cardiovascular, muscular strength and endurance, and flexibility. Exercise programs are individualized to meet the specific needs of participants and draw from tai chi, yoga, strength- and balance-training, and meditation.

Sessions are Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1 - 3:30 pm. Generally, workouts take between 30-60 minutes. Cost is $100 down and $75/month ($125/month for a couple). The initial payment of $100 is being waived for BrooklineCAN members.

The Get Up & Go program includes a comprehensive evaluation of participants’ strength, balance and mobility before and after training.

For more information, visit this web site or contact Chris Young, 617-363-8046, chrisyoung@hsl.harvard.edu