Lake Ashton's scenic setting and modern amenities make it a favorite among those looking to stay active.

Staying active has a number of indisputable health benefits. It prevents obesity, keeps your blood pressure under control, builds strength, and can even prevent depression. Active adults are healthy adults, and when you’re looking for a place to live in Central Florida, choose a community that will help you stay fit. Whether it’s regular visits to the gym or a fun class where you can meet other people, physical activity needs to be part of your lifestyle.

Stone Creek - Ocala, FL

High $100s - High $400s

Stone Creek has many fitness classes, but more relaxed activities like bocce work, too.

Zumba, yoga, and water aerobics are just some of the classes available to residents at Stone Creek in Ocala. There’s also Pilates, a step aerobics class, water volleyball, and golf. This 55+ community, tucked into the idyllic Ocala area, has a sports club and a senior’s fitness group. Swimming is available in the outdoor and indoor pools, and residents can participate in any of the interval training sessions at the fitness center. Other fitness-friendly amenities include a softball field, walking trails, and tennis courts. There is an aerobics and dance studio and an 18-hole golf course.

Stone Creek is a gated community comprised of 3,800 single-family and attached homes. There are several floor plans to choose from and buyers will enjoy the opportunities to stay active outside the community as well. The nearby Ocala National Forest offers hiking, biking, fishing, boating, and camping.

Cypress Lakes - Lakeland, FL

Below $100k - Mid $100s

The pool in Cypress Lakes is great for swimming or aerobics classes.

Golf, tennis, and bowling are popular activities at Cypress Lakes in Lakeland. A modern fitness center has all the latest strength training and cardio equipment, and there’s a lap pool as well as courts for tennis, shuffleboard, and pickleball. Residents can burn calories with a ballroom dancing class or tee off at the driving range. Two golf courses are on the property, and the silver sneakers group is a fitness club focused on mind and body health.

Cypress Lakes is a gated 55+ community with 1,604 affordable single-family homes. Lakeland is an ideal location from which to explore Florida. Tampa is 30 minutes to the west and Orlando is the same distance to the east.

Lake Ashton - Lake Wales, FL

Mid $100s - Mid $400s

Lake Ashton is full of unique amenities to stay active. The bowling alley is just one of them.

Lake Wales is a gorgeous area, close to a number of recreational opportunities including Bok Tower and Gardens and Lake Kissimmee State Park. It’s also where interested buyers 55+ can find Lake Ashton, a gated community that’s perfect for active adults hoping to find physical and mental engagement. The community’s state-of-the-art fitness center offers numerous classes, including one dedicated to stretching and balance and one that focuses on abdominal and core strength. There’s also bowling, basketball, aqua fitness, and line dancing. Zumba is one of the more popular classes and residents with limitations can take a chair fitness class. Lake Ashton has two golf courses, tennis courts, and several walking and biking trails.

The community offers 1,600 single-family homes and attached villas. Buyers can choose between a two-bedroom carriage house and a larger home with three bedrooms plus a den or home office. There are many models and floor plans available.

Traditions at Lake Ruby - Winter Haven, FL

High $100s to Mid $200s

Outdoors at the clubhouse in Tradition at Lake Ruby is several sports courts.

Traditions at Lake Ruby in Winter Haven has 552 single-family homes for residents 55+ who are interested in an active lifestyle. There are a number of group fitness classes, including aerobics and yoga. Residents can take a Zumba class or join the dancing club. There’s shuffleboard, swimming, and tennis, as well as constant activities and classes at the 19,000 square-foot clubhouse. Enjoy the fitness center, the dance studio, the basketball court, and the miles of walking and biking trails.

Winter Haven is right outside of Orlando in an area dotted with freshwater lakes where residents of Traditions at Lake Ruby can fish, boat, and swim. The community is close to several state parks, preserves, and wildlife management areas.  

Royal Highlands - Leesburg, FL

Mid $100s to Low $300s

Whether you want to play tennis or golf, Royal Highlands has it.

Golfers will enjoy the lifestyle at Royal Highlands in Leesburg, and any active adults looking for ways to stay physically and mentally fit will enjoy living in this picturesque gated 55+ community. The 18-hole Monarch Golf Course is a great place to play, as are the four tennis courts on the property. Residents can swim laps at the indoor pool, take a class in the aerobics studio, or put together a friendly game of softball outside on the field. There’s also an outdoor pool, shuffleboard courts, and horseshoe pits. A Weight Watchers group meets regularly to accept and offer support for healthy eating.

Royal Highlands has several models to choose from, and buyers can move into a two-bedroom or a three-bedroom with a separate den. The 1,500 single-family homes are surrounded by walking trails and parks. Leesburg is a scenic town in Lake County, Florida with gorgeous views and easy proximity to Orlando and Tampa.