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 next issue 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 may have loved to do before March, you can do in the safety of your own home. Contact Andrea Gebely to register at 610-488-5770 or agebely@berksencore.org.

Monday @9 a.m.: Virtual EnerCHI Instructor Tim Kreider. A spin on Tai Chi using proven poses to improve balance, strengthen muscles and help members find their inner CHI. Low impact and modifications are provided to lower or raise intensity.

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

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.

Wednesday@10:15 a.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.

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 @ 9 a.m.  – Virtual Chair Yoga. Class starts March 4.

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

While we are not able to hold our Health & Wellness classes in person, you can participate in a zoom class. You must register with Kathy Roberts 484-388-3196 or email kroberts@berksencore.org and she will provide instructions for accessing the classes.

Class Schedule: 

Good Morning Stretch & Stroll – 9:00-9:30 am Monday thru Friday. Includes 10 min. body stretch. 10 minute gentle power walk and 10 minute cool down.

Power Hour- 11:00 am – 12 noon. Tuesday & Thursday. use handweights, dynabands and body weight resistance to get in shape. Work the uppper body, lower body and core.

Fit & Fun- 2:00 -3:00 pm Tuesday & Friday. All around workout! 10 min. total body stretch with balance exercises, 10 min. paper plate workout w/dynaband, chair squats, cardio boxing, power walk, yoga stretches and a final cool down.

Spring Forward Walking Program – this self-directed Walk with Ease program includes a textbook, lesson handouts, a diary planner, and 1-hour conference call. You walk on your own 3 days a week. Class will start Monday March 22 for 6 consecutive weeks thru Monday April 26. REgister by March 15 by calling 484-388-3196 or kroberts@berksencore.org

Live Well, Be Well with a Chronic Condition – this chronic disease self management course will be conducted via a weekly 1-hour teleconference call and includes a workbook, a relaxation CD and low impact exercise DVD (total $40 value). Program runs Thursdays 1:30 -2:30 pm for 6 consecutive weeks starting Thursday March 11 through Thursday April 22.

Looking for some ideas for healthy meals – check in with our Healthy Cooking class – one hour zoom program Wednesday March 24 from 10:00-11:00 am. This month’s class is Protein Power – protein is critical to help build muscles and fuel your energy!

Register for any of the health & wellness programs by calling Kathy 484-388-3196 or email kroberts@berksencore.org

 

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