These Northern New Jersey communities make it easy for residents to stay fit.

The phrase active adults is used often because so many members of the 55+ community make exercising a priority. Although a large percentage have always made time for this, others hop on the fitness bandwagon when they have more time available. Staying in shape is so much easier when there are modern fitness centers minutes from your home. Even better, having like-minded friends and neighbors to work out with will help.

Getting that heart rate up indoors and outdoors is not only fun, but it is also essential for maintaining an active lifestyle. Keeping the mind engaged is just as important, though. Socializing with friends, delighting in a favorite hobby, and other enjoyable pursuits are good for body, mind, and soul.

Here are some of the best active adult communities in Northern New Jersey that are dedicated to helping their residents achieve these goals.

Greenbriar at Fox Ridge - Rockaway

Mid $200s - Mid $400s

This newer, gated condo community has 336 resale condos built by Lennar Homes from 2008 to 2018. Greenbriar at Fox Ridge has an exclusive fitness center housed inside its 16,000 square-foot clubhouse. There is also an indoor pool, spa and sauna, an aerobics studio, and activity rooms. Warm weather amenities include an outdoor pool, plus tennis and bocce ball courts. Year-round activities like bingo, book clubs, knitting, movie nights, poker games and yoga are all popular at Greenbriar.

The property’s condo units are located in three-story buildings with elevators and underground parking. Floor plans range from 979 to 1,997 square feet, with one or two bedrooms and one-and-a-half to two-and-a-half bathrooms. Some models also have dens, while the largest has an expansive master suite and a study.

Wanaque Reserve - Wanaque

High $200s - Low $500s

This gated Del Webb-built property has 755 resale condos, built from 2004 to 2014. Wanaque Reserve has a fitness center, The Lodge, which features a state-of-the-art fitness facility that features an indoor pool, sauna, a ballroom, and its own movie theater.

There is a lovely outdoor pool and sundeck outside, along with tennis and bocce ball courts. Many of the 55+ homeowners here also rack up miles on the walking & biking trails. There are over 40 clubs and groups for almost every interest, like tennis, computer classes, bowling, a school volunteer program, a singles club, women’s poker, mountain hikes, day trips, and many, many more.

Reserve at Hawk Pointe - Washington

Low $300s - Low $400s

If golf is your thing, Reserve at Hawk Pointe is one of the only active adult communities in North Jersey with its own golf course, Hawk Pointe Golf Club. Built from 2003 to 2006 by Pinnacle Companies, this intimate neighborhood has 120 attached and single-family resale homes. Residents can join the golf club at a discounted rate and take advantage of its beautiful 18-hole course, putting green, driving range, exercise room, sauna, outdoor pool, tennis courts, and the Tavern Room Restaurant.

Hawk Pointe also has its own vibrant clubhouse, with an exercise room, billiards, a library, an outdoor pool, and bocce ball courts. Homes range from 2,163 to 2,946 square feet and have two to four bedrooms, two to four bathrooms, and attached two-car garages. Upgrades include full basements, granite counters, patios, and eat-in kitchens.

Four Seasons at Great Notch Spa and Club - Woodland Park

High $300s - Low $700s

This gated, K. Hovnanian-built property was built from 2005 to 2018 with 814 condo and attached homes. Four Seasons at Great Notch Spa and Club has a modern fitness center, a dance studio, a sports room, a ballroom, tennis courts, an outdoor pool, and its star attraction: an indoor pool with a retractable roof. It even has a driving range and a putting green.

Residents spend quality time playing canasta, cribbage, and bridge, There's also a choral group, cultural and current event groups, exercise classes, happy hours, and movie nights. Homes range from 1,426 to 2,907 square feet, with two or three bedrooms, two to three bathrooms, and one- or two-car garages. Upgrades on some models feature sundecks and patios.