City Parks Foundation welcomes all Harlemites and New Yorkers, 60 and over, to participate in CityParks Seniors Fitness. The Fall 2016 season of Seniors Fitness programs will begin the week of September 26, and will offer free tennis lessons, yoga instruction and fitness walking in 16 parks across the city. In Harlem Manhattan, the program will be offered in Thomas Jefferson Park in East Harlem, uptown in Inwood Hill Park in Inwood, Carl Schurz Park on the Upper East Side, and in Central Park.
CityParks Seniors Fitness has served over 10,000 participants since it began in 2006 and aims to keep neighborhood parks a great place for community activity. The program encourages New Yorkers to maximize the health benefits of staying active at all ages. Even in moderate amounts, exercise can help participants feel better, maintain or lose weight, reduce risk of heart disease and diabetes, and minimize the symptoms of arthritis.
“Exercise is so important at all ages, but it is especially important for seniors who typically lead more sedentary lifestyles,” says Mike Silverman, Director of Sports at City Parks Foundation. “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.”
All activities in this six-week fitness program take place once or twice a week at each location through November 4th.
The following is a detailed schedule for CityParks Seniors Fitness in Manhattan for Fall 2016.
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
Carl Schurz Park
Walking – Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 AM – E 86th St & East End Ave
Yoga – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 AM – E 86th St & East End Ave
Tennis – Fridays from 1-3 PM – Tennis Courts 93rd St near West Drive
For more information about City Parks Foundation’s free Seniors Fitness programs, please call the Sports Department at (718) 760-6999. All equipment and instruction is provided free of charge. Sessions are one hour unless otherwise noted, once or twice a week.