Plenty of opportunities for seniors to improve fitness

yogaRead any article offering advice to seniors on how to live well while aging and two bits of advice will no doubt be part of the first sentence: eat healthy and stay active.

For Las Cruces senior citizens of all ages and physical wellbeing who are looking for exercise opportunities, there is a wide range of choices.

Starting with programs offered through the city, Senior Services and Parks and Recreation departments have both individual and team activities available throughout the week either at no charge or for minimal fees. Their A-to-Z list includes such choices as aqua aerobics, bicycling, hiking, 50+fitness classes, pickle ball, Tai Chi, walking, yoga, and zumba gold. See links to their web sites at the end of this article for complete information.

Activities are scheduled throughout the week at the Aquatic Center, Meerscheidt Recreation Center, Munson Center, Papen Center in Mesilla Park, and Sage Café.

The Senior Circle program operated through Mountain View Regional Medical Center charges a yearly membership fee of $15. This entitles you to participate in any of the programs they offer, most with no additional fees. The Senior Circle Center is located at 3948 E Lohman Ave., behind the Walgreens Drug store. A visit to the facility and conversation with the staff will help you decide which programs match your needs and interests.

Many area health clubs offer special programs geared to seniors 55 and over. Fitness One collaborates with Medicare to offer Silver Sneakers, Prime and Silver & Fit classes that are covered through some supplemental insurance plans.

For those who enjoy spending time outdoors on a walk or a hike, there is no end of choices. At their web site, the Las Cruces Convention and Visitors Bureau gives information about several popular hiking areas, including directions, the nature of the trails and the degree of difficulty.

The secret to success in any exercise program is staying actively involved. Finding a friend to join you helps both of you stay active.