Harlem Parks To Host Free Athletics Classes For Seniors

City parks in a handful of Manhattan neighborhoods are offering seniors free tennis, walking and yoga classes this spring, nonprofit organization the City Parks Foundation announced Friday. The classes will be open to anyone over the age of 60 in Inwood Hill Park and Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, according to the foundation.

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The CityParks Seniors Fitness program launched Monday, April 24, 2017 and will run until June 16, 2017, according to the City Parks Foundation. Since the program launched in 2006, more than 10,000 seniors have participated in the free classes.

Exercise is so important at all ages, but it is especially important for seniors who typically lead more sedentary lifestyles…

“Exercise is so important at all ages, but it is especially important for seniors who typically lead more sedentary lifestyles,” Mike Silverman, director of sports at the City Parks Foundation, said in a statement. “We’ve found that exercising even just once a week helps participants feel better mentally and emotionally. The program is a great opportunity for seniors to be social and meet new people in their neighborhoods, while getting outside and having some fun.”

Seniors can register for the athletics classes ahead of time online or on-site when the class begins. Classes will be held twice a week, typically in the morning.

Here’s a Harlem schedule of CityParks Seniors Fitness classes:

Inwood Hill Park

  • Tennis – Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10 AM-12 PM – Tennis Courts 207th St & Seaman Ave
  • Yoga – Mondays/Wednesdays at 11 AM – Tennis Courts 207th St & Seaman Ave

Thomas Jefferson Park

  • Yoga – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10:30 AM – E. 112th St. and 1st Ave.

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