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Walk a Millions Miles Program

Did you know that walking is Maryland’s state exercise and that Governor Larry Hogan has declared October 5 as Walk Maryland Day? Join the Baltimore County Department of Aging and Maryland Department of Aging to “Walk a Million Miles” leading up to Walk Maryland Day.

From May 1 through October 5, 2016, lace up your shoes and get walking. Keep track of your miles using a log sheet (PDF) and see how far you can walk each month. Convert your exercise activities (PDF) into even more miles. Join a senior center team and turn in your logs to senior center staff at the end of each month. Let’s see which senior center team can walk the farthest. All ages welcome. Do your part to “Walk a Million Miles” with BCDA.

This walking program is a perfect way to train for the 10th anniversary Get Ready! Get Set! Get Fit! 5K Run and Walk, 1 Mile Kids Fun Run and 1 Mile Walk for all ages on September 18, 2016. Online registration is now available.

Senior Fitness Programs 

Baltimore County Department of Aging (BCDA) provides a diversified fitness and exercise program geared specifically to adults age 60 and older.

Fitness Centers

By joining one of our 13 fitness centers, located at Arbutus, Ateaze, Bykota, Catonsville, Cockeysville, Edgemere, Essex, Jacksonville, Liberty, Parkville, Pikesville, Reisterstown and Seven Oaks Senior Centers, you will be on your way to improving your health and wellness! Work out at your own schedule and pace for the low annual fee of only $100 to use all 13 centers, or $60 to use the smaller fitness studios (at Arbutus, Edgemere, Essex, Jacksonville and Reisterstown).

All of our fitness centers are equipped with treadmills, recumbent bikes and steppers, strength training circuits, flexibility and stretching stations, and free weights. The fitness facilities are drop-in centers monitored by volunteers trained in CPR / AED and general equipment usage. There is no on-site paid supervisory staff. Certified personal trainers are available to conduct assessments, develop individualized exercise plans and oversee your fitness program for an additional fee.  

Membership in our fitness centers is a wonderful value! To learn more about how you can improve your cardio-vascular endurance, muscle strength, flexibility and balance; increase your energy and vitality; and enhance your overall well being contact your senior center today or print the following forms:

Our fitness facilities rely on the commitment of volunteer fitness monitors. If you are interested in earning a free fitness center membership, contact your senior center director today.

EnhanceFitness - An Evidence-Based Exercise Program

EnhanceFitness LogoBaltimore County senior centers are excited to introduce a new exercise program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives. EnhanceFitness focuses on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics, and strength training exercises — what health professionals say is needed to maintain health as we grow older. Classes are offered at Ateaze, Bykota, Parkville and Seven Oaks Senior Centers and are taught by certified EnhanceFitness instructors.

Exercise Classes

In addition to fitness centers, our 20 senior centers offer a variety of exercise classes, group sports and fitness opportunities: aerobics, basketball, bowling, qi gong, line dancing, senior rhythms, softball, strength training, tai chi, tennis, volleyball, walking groups, water exercise, weight management, Wii sports, yoga, Zumba and much more! Check with any of our centers for a complete listing of their respective offerings.

Our senior-friendly fitness model has received numerous awards, including 2011 and 2007 National Association of Counties Awards, the 2006 Physical Activity Excellence Award from the State Advisory Council on Physical Fitness and the 2006 National Area Agencies on Aging Achievement Award.

The benefits of BCDA's high quality senior fitness and exercise program are many. As one participant reported, "My cholesterol and blood pressure have been significantly lowered. My doctor is thrilled!" Not only will you look and feel better, you'll meet friends and be part of a supportive, senior-friendly fitness club. Watch a video of a fitness center in action.

 

Revised April 27, 2016        

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