Senior Center offers free fitness program

Senior Center offers free fitness program

Sweating to the oldies has never been easier for Rocky Mount residents.

Active older adults ages 65 or older can now participate in aerobic exercises for free at the Rocky Mount Senior Center as part of the new SilverSneakers initiative. SilverSneakers is a fitness program for adults 65 or older that comes free with qualifying health plans.

The program has partnered with health insurance agencies including AARP, Aetna, Coventry Health Care (Advantra Gold PPO), Gateway Health Care, Medicare Assured, United Health Care, Humana and WellCare to provide free fitness options.

Those who obtain a SilverSneakers card can use it for water aerobics, senior stretch, body craze (a low-impact routine designed to strengthen and tone the body), YogaLike (a core-strengthening routine), Zumba Gold and line dancing at the Senior Center. The card also allows free access to the fitness center and pool.

"SilverSneakers is very important,” said Brian Harrell, manager of the Rocky Mount Senior Center. “It provides access to health and wellness activities for older adults, which for some may not be possible."

Once SilverSneakers members receive cards from their insurance agencies, they will also have to fill out a registration form at the Senior Center.

For more information on the program, call 252-972-1152, or visit the Rocky Mount Senior Center located at 427 S. Church St. in downtown Rocky Mount.