Helping seniors stay active

By Kristian Russell -

For people older than 50, there are different ways of managing health and fitness thanks to a variety of new programs. Classes, walking tracks, fitness programs and other activities are popping up around the area that are catered to people over the age of 50.

One place that is helping seniors become more active is the Elkin Parks and Recreation Center. The recreation center has a variety of activities for people over 50 that help introduce them to a new way of taking care of their body.

“The recreation center has treadmills, elliptical trainers, seated bicycles and pin-select equipment for use,” said Elkin Parks and Recreation Director Adam McComb. “Staff will assist users on their first visit and are available for questions any time.”

The recreation center is the perfect place for beginners, or people with experience. It offers a group class that is catered to people over 50 in the area as well as a variety of different activities for seniors.

“We currently offer a SilverSneakers group fitness class each Friday beginning at 12:30 p.m.,” said McComb. “All seniors are invited and it is only $2 if they are not a SilverSneakers member. We host Pickleball games, generally on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m., no experience is needed. We also let anyone walk laps in the gymnasium for free.”

A monthly pass for someone in the Elkin city limits is $20, while a non-resident pass is $40. The membership for seniors is a deal at the Parks and Recreation Center, and includes several perks.

“The Elkin Recreation Center offers those over 50 and older a 10-percent discount on a monthly pass throughout the year,” said McComb.

Another location that offers fitness activities for seniors is the Yadkin YMCA in Yadkinville. The YMCA offers a Fit After 50 program that is catered towards adults over 50. The program is designed for seniors to enjoy group outings, seminars, fitness classes and events that promote a healthy lifestyle as well as independence.

The Yadkin YMCA offers more than just physical fitness for seniors, it also offers mental fitness with card games on Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m. Card games include Rummy and Skip-bo. The Fit After 50 program is a way to maintain a healthy physical and mental lifestyle, as the program also brings people together for monthly potlucks.

Pickleball, SilverSneakers and Silver&Fit are also available at the Yadkin YMCA. Self-defense classes for seniors are also taught at the YMCA.

The location for the Elkin Parks and Recreation Center is 399 N.C. 268 West, P.O. Box 345, Elkin. Hours for the center are Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

The Yadkin YMCA is located at 6540 Service Road, Yadkinville. The hours are Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday 5 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Elkin Parks and Recreation Center, Yadkin YMCA providing fitness classes

By Kristian Russell