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NYC Office of Actuary NYC Department for the Aging
Exercise and Seniors

Stay Fit

Physical activity is one of the most powerful anti-aging tools we have. Some have even called it the Fountain of Youth. Regular exercise enhances your chances of remaining mobile and independent for years to come. It also helps prevent or control many health problems such as obesity, arthritis, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, stroke, depression and colon cancer. Staying fit isn't hard.  It just takes a committment to yourself.

Exercise in a Group

Many organizations offer exercise classes geared to older persons. Read about some of them below.

Senior Centers
WALKNYC
Exercise classes offered by the Department of Parks
YMCA's Active Older Adults Program
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Programs
Marine Park Active Adults (Brooklyn)
Center for Balanced Living

Silver Sneakers

If you are eligible for Medicare or group retirement benefits, your health plan may offer this award-winning program. Silver Sneakers provides a fitness center membership to participating locations across the country.

Visit Silver Sneakers

Exercise at Home

The Stay Well Exercise Manual developed by the Department for the Aging offers well-balanced exercises and routines for seniors of all abilities. This user-friendly book has lots of options for anyone seeking to exercise at home. To get your free copy of the Stay Well Exercise Manual you must reside in New York City and be over 60 years of age. ONLY ONE COPY PER REQUEST. The manual will be mailed to your home. Quantities are limited.

Take a peek inside (in pdf)
Complete Online Request Form (in pdf)

Other Exercise Resources

National Institutes of Health - Exercise for Older Adults
National Institute on Aging - Online Exercise Manual for Older Adults