Exercise is important for all age groups, but particularly for adults 65 and over.
The National Institute of Health recommends four types of exercise:
- Strength exercise to increase muscular strength and bone density.
- Balance exercise to build leg muscles and sharpen neuromuscular response to help prevent falls.
- Stretching exercise to give more freedom of movement encouraging increased activity.
- Endurance exercise to increase heart rate and breathing for an extended period of time.
We are fortunate to be able to offer classes in all of these disciplines to help enhance the lives of our senior adult community members. All classes are given by top notch instructors and always with an awareness of your individual needs. Non-members of Commonpoint Queens are always welcome to join our classes, but pay just a little bit more. Prices for members and non-members are always very fair.
Additional individual endurance and strength training is available at our Central Queens Body Shop Fitness Room and our pool through the Health & Fitness Dept. (available to Central Queens members only).
Group exercise classes are listed below. For additional information at Central Queens, contact Shelly Channan, Director, at SChannan@Commonpointqueens.org.
Group Exercise Classes
Exercise for Daily Living
Structured exercise for seniors designed to promote physical fitness.
Stretch & Flex
Increase your range of motion and overall strength for activities of daily living. Strengthen your back, legs and core, relieve lower back stiffness, and release tight hamstrings. Floor work.
Class focuses on yoga postures, stretching and breathing exercises. Emphasis on relaxation and breath awareness to counteract stress, stiffness and physical limitations. No floor work.
Yoga in Motion
Yoga motion and breathing, with an emphasis on the continuous flow of motion, traditional Yoga positions and body awareness. Rotations, isolations, and orthopedic exercises are also featured to target and strengthen the muscles surrounding and supporting the spine.
Non-impact standing class with alternative intervals designed to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance.
This class is designed to focus on improving dynamic balance while responding safely to posturally challenging ambulatory tasks, such as changing direction to walk forward or laterally; walking on a plank; turning; bending; stepping on and off curbs; stepping over obstacles; bouncing and catching a ball, and more.
Muscular Strength & Range of Movement (MS RoM)
Universal class designed to improve agility, balance, coordination and activities for daily living skills to increase participants’ functional capacities.
Israeli and International Folk Dance
Not just the Horah! Learn the steps of Israeli dancing, both traditional and modern, and learn some international folk dancing as well. It’s great exercise, too!
New movements and exercises to expand your knowledge of this slow, graceful, Chinese martial art. This course features a short form of T’ai Chi for seniors, emphasizing good health, relaxation and balance.
Exercising with Light Weights
Add strength to your bones and maintain good posture, while preventing the onset of osteoporosis and improving your movement while working with weights. Most of the class exercises will be done while standing or chair assisted. Please wear sneakers and comfortable clothes.
Exercise and Dance
This class includes a variety of strengthening exercising using resistance bands, balls and weights. We also do a range of dancing that includes swing, cha-cha, salsa, free style, and much more. Join us for our warm, welcoming and fun-filled class!
Sculpt, Strengthen & Tone
This intensive one hour class is half mat work and half standing with hand weights. It is designed to target those trouble spots: inner and outer thighs, buttocks, abdominals and upper arms. Join us and you will create the firm look you want and the strong muscles you need.
Both adults and senior adults with any type of arthritis can benefit from this enjoyable recreational water exercise program. Participants are led by trained personnel through a series of specially designed exercises that can provide some relief and improve joint flexibility. Beneficial for people who are overweight or suffering with back problems.
For more information, contact Lior Harpaz, Aquatics Director, at LHarpaz@Commonpointqueens.org