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50+ Fitness

  1. Parks and Recreation
  2. Parks and Recreation Programs

Harris Center

425 Perry St

  1. Email: webparksrec@auburnalabama.org
  2. Phone: (334) 501-2930
  3. Hours:  M-F: 8AM-5PM

Gabby Meredith

Community Programs Coord

  1. Phone: (334) 501-2946
  2. Email: gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

The Parks and Recreation Department offers several fitness classes and groups to those age 50 and above. Many of them are free or low cost. You can register for classes at the Harris Center Monday through Friday 8am - 5pm. Fall registration begins Monday, August 7th. The first two weeks of registration are reserved for Auburn residents. You must re-register each quarter.

Walk with Ease

No matter if you need relief from arthritis pain or just want to be active, the Arthritis Foundation’s six week Walk With Ease program can teach you how to safely make physical activity part of your everyday life. Studies by the Thurston Arthritis Research Center and the Institute on Aging of the University of North Carolina show that Walk With Ease is proven to reduce the pain and discomfort of arthritis, increase balance, strength and walking pace, build confidence in your ability to be physically active and improve overall health. Attend as few or as many sessions as you would like! FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday Dates: 9/25 - 11/2 Time: 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Gentle Vinyasa Yoga Flow

Build strength, stability, and balance in this 60 minute gentle vinyasa yoga flow with Ann, a certified yoga teacher in Auburn. Please bring your own mat, yoga block (if you need one for support), and water. Class is limited to 15 participants so you must register. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 9/5 - 11/28 Time: 7 - 8 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Ann Bergman • (334) 501-2930 • abergman@auburnalabama.org

Introduction to Tai Chi for Health

A time honored mind body practice from China, tai chi is recognized as an effective way to improve posture, balance and awareness, to reduce chronic pain and stress and to help reduce the risk of falls. The principles underlying this gentle movement practice are what make it so effective and can be incorporated into everyday activities. Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs form the basis of this class which will be an introduction to Tai Chi. Instructors are certified with Tai Chi for Health. Limited to 25 participants. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Thursday Dates: 9/5 - 11/28 Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Kitty Frey and Emily Livant • (334) 332-3831 • auburntaichi@gmail.com

Tai Chi for Health – Beyond the Basics

A time honored mind body practice from China, tai chi is recognized as an effective way to improve posture, balance and awareness, to reduce chronic pain and stress and to help reduce the risk of falls. The principles underlying this gentle movement practice are what make it so effective and can be incorporated into everyday activities. Dr. Paul Lam's Tai Chi for Health programs form the basis of this class. This class will go beyond the basics and additional materials will be available to participants. Those who register for this class may attend the free Thursday class at the Harris Center for practice. Instructors are certified with Tai Chi for Health. Limited to 15 participants. $5/class. Payable to INST first day of class.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 9/5 - 11/28 Time: 10 - 10:45 a.m. Location: Frank Brown Recreation Center

Contact: Kitty Frey and Emily Livant • (334) 332-3831 • auburntaichi@gmail.com

Zumba Gold - The Fun Workout for Anyone Any Age Any Ability

Zumba Gold was designed for the older active adult, a person who hasn't been exercising in a long time or individuals who may be limited physically. The biggest difference between Zumba Gold and Zumba basic is that Zumba Gold is done at a much lower intensity. It's just as much fun, just not as fast! Zumba Gold utilizes the same great Latin styles of music and dance that are used in the Zumba basic program, including the Salsa, Cha-Cha, Rock ‘n Roll and Merengue. The Zumba Gold program strives to improve balance, strength, flexibility and most importantly, the heart. When you take the Zumba Gold class, be sure to wear comfortable workout clothing, take water and a towel, along with a "ready to party" attitude! FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Wednesday and Thursday Dates: 9/6 - 11/30 Time: 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Seated Zumba Gold

Zumba movements are designed to mimic many typical Latin dance styles like salsa, rumba, and cumbia. Although traditionally many of these dances require use of your entire body, they can easily be adapted for people with mobility challenges. Many movements can be done with the upper body from a seated position in a wheelchair. Because so many different styles of music are usually incorporated into typical Zumba classes, participants join into the motions they feel most comfortable with. This class is a great way to strengthen the upper body as well as the lower extremities such as ankles and feet (if able). The class can be taken from your own wheelchair or from a regular chair. Chairs provided.. FREE to the public.

Age: 50+ Day: Thursday Dates: 9/7 - 11/30 Time: 9:30 - 10 a.m. Location: Harris Center

Contact: Gabby Meredith • (334) 501-2946 • gmeredith@auburnalabama.org

Moving Matters (Formerly Functional Fitness)

This full body movement class will teach you to move strong and smart so you can continue to participate in everyday activities with ease. Educational in nature, this class will emphasize safe ways of moving while improving postural/core stability. Please bring a mat and towel. Hand weights and exercise bands are available. Instructor is an occupational therapist and experienced teacher. Limited to 20 participants. $5/class. Payable to INST first day of class.

Age: 50+ Day: Tuesday Dates: 9/5 - 11/28 Time: 11 a.m. - Noon Location: Frank Brown Recreation Center

Age: 50+ Day: Thursday Dates: 9/7 - 11/30 Time: 11 a.m. - Noon Location: Harris Center

Contact: Kitty Frey • (334) 332-3831 • auburntaichi@gmail.com

Yin Yoga for Health and Happiness

Yin Yoga is a little different than the "typical" yoga class. It is a more passive yoga class where we learn to relax our muscles in order to improve the health of our joints, ligaments, fascia, and all other connective tissues that normally are not exercised in traditional exercise. Please let the instructor know of any injuries or concerns as she may need to modify a pose to meet your specific needs. Yin Yoga is recommended highly if you are over the age of 35 as it helps to keep the connective tissues, joint, and other aspects of the body in proper alignment and good health as we age. Yin also teaches breathing techniques that help improve mood, sleep, and mobility. This is an all levels class from beginners to advanced. Please bring your own yoga mat and towel. $5/class. Payable to INST on the first day of class.

Age: 50+ Day: Monday and Wednesday Dates: 9/6 - 11/29 Time: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Location: Frank Brown Recreation Center

Contact: Tammy Hollis • (334) 703-0168 • hollite60@gmail.com