Brookhaven fitness classes range from open swim to supervised weight and cardio training to personal training classes.
General Fitness Classes, Levels I, II and III
- Total Fitness — Level III (1 hour) – This class is designed to strengthen all the major muscle groups through the use of dumbbells and resistance bands. Cardiovascular, stretching, and balance components are incorporated into this exercise routine.
- Total Fitness — Level II (45 minutes) – This class is a shorter version of Total Fitness, Level 1.
- Total Fitness — Level I (30 minutes) – This class is designed to increase range of motion, flexibility, and strength. It endeavors to accommodate residents whose physical limitations require greater attention and a slower pace.
- Lower Body Strength and Balance (30 minutes) – This class is designed to increase balance by strengthening the lower body and incorporating various balance drills, both seated and standing. It is geared toward those residents whose physical limitations require greater attention and a slower pace.
Aquatic Fitness Classes
- Aquatic Total Fitness (45 minutes) – This energetic pool-based class is designed to increase strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, and cardiovascular endurance. It incorporates the use of aquatic dumbbells, ankle cuffs, gloves, and noodles.
- Open Swim – The pool is open to all residents who wish to swim, walk, or perform aquatic exercises.
- Gentle Yoga – This beginner class incorporates a variety of standing, sitting and lying yoga poses that will enhance your flexibility, mobility and balance, while producing a deep sense of rest and relaxation. Participants must be able to get down and up from the floor.
- Mindfulness Meditation (1 hour) – Meditation is a practice of quieting the mind in order to cultivate our ability to pay attention to whatever is happening in our life, to stay present, so that we can meet the circumstances of our life with acceptance, patience, and equanimity. This group provides education, discussion and support for those who wish to learn about meditation and develop an ongoing practice. It is geared toward beginners as well as advanced practitioners.
- Tai Chi (45 minutes) – This class focuses on stretching and step-by-step instruction of the basic stances, postures and footwork of the Yang style short form. This ancient system of exercise helps improve coordination, balance, breathing and flexibility, while helping to regulate blood pressure and decrease stress.
Fun and Games
- Wii Bowling (1.5 hours) – The Wii (pronounced “we”) is a fun, engaging, interactive video game which uses a handheld pointing device that detects movement and speed. When the user moves, corresponding characters on a TV screen move as well. It is very interactive, engaging the user in a physically active manner. The Brookhaven Wii Bowling League consists of teams of two that play against each other in a competitive and fun atmosphere.
- Bocce (1 hour) – This outdoor game, which originated in Italy and whose modern adaptation most closely resembles bowling, requires skill, strategy and just a little luck. Experienced players and novices are welcome.
- Croquet (1 hour) – Croquet is an outdoor sport that involves hitting plastic or wooden balls with a mallet through wickets embedded in a grass playing court. Experienced players and novices are welcome.
- Eight-Week Fall Prevention Program (45 minutes) – This class incorporates various static and ambulation drills, both seated and standing, to equip residents with a comprehensive plan for proactive fall-prevention. It meets twice a week for eight weeks. Call the Fitness Office if you are interested in participating: (781) 372-0057.
- Supervised Fitness – The Fitness Room is staffed by a member of the Fitness Staff to offer instruction and assistance, and to answer any questions residents may have regarding use of the exercise equipment.
- Outdoor Walk (2 hours) – These pre-planned, guided walks off the Brookhaven campus offer an opportunity for vigorous outdoor activity in a variety of beautiful settings. Each trail is approximately two miles and 45 minutes in duration. The Brookhaven bus transports participants to and from each destination. These walks are offered each spring and fall.