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.
Brookline Senior Center
93 Winchester St
Center Communities of Brookline Fitness Center
100 Centre St
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.