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

Health & Wellness Class Schedule: 

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. 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 are forming now for the new year. Call today to sign up to reserve your spot. This program is FREE but you must register by contacting Kathy Roberts at 484-388-3196.

Healthy Cooking = Healthy Eating. Join Kathy Roberts and Martha Sitler for this month’s show that is all about squash. Probably not your favorite food, but you might be surprised with the tasty dishes you can make.  This is a one hour Zoom event on Wednesday October 27 from 10-11:00 am.  You must call Kathy to get the information for the link. 484-388-3196.

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