Fitness

No matter what your age or ability, remaining physically fit is very important. Reinforcing a healthy lifestyle by staying active and involved enhances your “encore years”.

Our licensed instructors offer evidence based programs for improved strength, flexibility and balance. 

Current schedule of classes are listed below.  Check back or watch for updates in the monthly issues of Berks Encore News.

 

How about trying a virtual fitness class!?!

Berks Encore has teamed up with some of our instructors to provide virtual exercise classes for those of you that aren’t quite ready to come back to one of our community centers. The same classes you loved at our centers, you can do in the safety of your own home. Contact Andrea Gebely to register at 610-488-5770 or agebely@berksencore.org.

Tuesday @ 9 a.m.: Virtual Zumba Gold  Instructor: Aida Behler. This class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance.

Tuesday @ 10 a.m.: Virtual Tai Chi I Instructor Jan Gyomber. Low impact exercise method involving slow movements and breathing to improve balance and strengthen muscles.

Tuesday @ 11 a.m.: Virtual Tai Chi II Instructor Jan Gyomber. Low impact exercise method involving slow movements and breathing to improve balance and strengthen muscles.

Wednesday @ 11 a.m. – Virtual FABS  Instructor: Lynn & Tim Kreider, LJ’s Fitness. This class focuses on Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength using popular songs.

Thursday @ 10:15 a.m.  – Virtual Chair Yoga.

Friday @ 10 a.m.: Virtual Zumba Gold  Instructor: Aida Behler. This class is now being offered twice a week – Tuesday & Friday. See class description above.

Friday @ 11 a.m. – Virtual FABS  Instructor: Lynn & Tim Kreider, LJ’s Fitness. This class focuses on Flexibility, Aerobics, Balance and Strength using popular songs.

Friday @ 1 p.m. – Virtual Chair Zumba Instructor: Victoria Milillo. These classes are designed specifically for people with limited mobility, people with balance issues, and anyone who wants a great seated workout. Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility & balance.

To get the link to participate, contact Andrea at 610-488-5770 or agebely@berksencore.org

 

Resources to Maintain a Healthy Lifestyle

Our health and wellness programs focus on the education of older adults to promote the soundness of body and mind and a healthy way to live.  We teach healthy lifestyle strategies to overcome the challenges of aging and managing chronic conditions.  Our goal is for our participants to function at optimum health and wellness to lead fulfilling, active and independent lives.

Health & Wellness Class Descriptions: 

Walk with Ease – award winning Arthritis Foundation fitness program that will help improve balance, reduce risk for falls, and lower your risk for heart disease. Walk with friends and neighbors, meet new people and make new friends! Call to find out where this program is being offered next. Classes offered three days a week, one hour per day.

  • Self-paced group walks
  • Motivational tools
  • Strategies to set and monitor realistic goals for improving fitness
  • Stretching and strengthening exercises to protect joints and minimize pain.

Matter of Balance – Concerned about Falling?   A Matter of Balance is an award winning program designed to manage and prevent falls and increase activity levels. Participants will learn to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing exercise for strength and balance, and make home modifications to reduce fall risk.  Over 900 people have already taken this class! It is one of the most popular evidence based Health & Wellness programs offered by Berks Encore.  Classes meet for 2 hours once per week for 8 consecutive weeks.

HEALTHY HEART- HAPPY HEART.  Living a healthy life with a chronic illness, participants learn how to function at their best by being a positive “self-manager” of the physical, mental and emotional problems caused by their condition. Skills acquired include how to manage their medications, access community resources, adapt socially and how to work effectively with their healthcare team. Classes meet for 2.5 hours once per week for 6 consecutive weeks.

Living Well with Diabetes.  Recognized and supported by the American Diabetes Association, participants with diabetes, pre-diabetics or family members learn how to enhance the management of their diabetes and help to improve their overall health.  The program focuses on helping the individual living with diabetes to better manage their disease through monitoring, physical activity, healthy eating, coping skills & strategies for daily living, relaxation techniques and working with the health care system. Classes meet for 2.5 hours once per week for 6 consecutive weeks.

 Managing Chronic Pain.  This highly successful program where participants learn techniques to manage pain and fatigue, gain more energy, deal with isolation and poor sleep, pace activity and rest to lead active and fulfilling lives. Classes meet for 2.5 hours once per week for 6 consecutive weeks.

HSOA- Healthy Steps for Older Adults. Developed by the Fall Prevention Initiative of the Pennsylvania Department of Aging, the program is designed to raise participants’ knowledge and awareness, introduce steps they can take to reduce falls,  improve their health and well-being, and ensure that older adults can remain as independent as possible for as long as possible. Classes meet one day, 6-hour class that includes lunch.

An Exercise Program for Better Living

HSIM- Healthy Steps in Motion.  Developed by the PA. Department of Aging, as part of Pennsylvania’s Fall Prevention Initiative, this exercise program is designed to build body strength, increase flexibility, and improve balance. Each session starts with a warm-up, followed by strength & balance exercises and ends with cool-down stretches. Classes meet for 1-hour sessions twice a week for 8 consecutive weeks.

Visit our current issue of Berks Encore News for upcoming class dates and times.

Register for any of the health & wellness programs by calling Kathy 484-388-3196 or email kroberts@berksencore.org. You can also call the center to register.

Video programs

Here are some more suggestions to stay active while you are staying at home.  Follow along as Kathy Roberts, Health & Wellness coordinator offers some suggestions to keep you moving. Her 30 minute Movement is Medicine videos were broadcast on BCTV and are available here. Follow along anytime you have 30 minutes.

April Balance program

May Strength program

June Movement is Medicine

July Dancing for Exercise

 

Each of our six centers offers a variety of fitness activities, opportunity for creativity and social interaction.  While all of our in person programs are cancelled right now, the following is a list of activities that we have offered. In addition, Berks Encore has partnered with area facilities to offer even more classes, including:

  • Aerobics
  • Billiards
  • Chair Yoga
  • Exercise Bike
  • Fitness Room
  • Line Dancing
  • Shuffleboard
  • Sit and Get Fit
  • Strength & Balance Training
  • Table Tennis
  • Tai Chi
  • Treadmill
  • Walking Clubs
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
Looking for a fitness program that’s right for you? Contact Berks Encore today