From the time active adult communities first began to gain popularity, they were often designed to include exercise rooms with treadmills and weight-lifting machines. However, today’s newest age-restricted communities have replaced the concept of a basic exercise room with massive, state-of-the-art fitness centers. These impressive facilities rival public fitness centers with a wide range of equipment, classes, and amenities.

Exercise Rooms Aren't Enough

While a simple exercise room may have a few treadmills and weight stations, newer fitness centers include many more workout options. Residents can improve their cardiovascular health with equipment like treadmills, elliptical trainers and stationary bikes. High-end strength training machines help them build muscle safely, though free weights can still be a good choice for residents who know how to use them properly.

In addition to providing high-end equipment, many state-of-the-art fitness facilities are staffed by qualified personal trainers. These fitness professionals can help residents learn how to use the equipment, plan an exercise routine or teach a variety of classes. A basic fitness orientation is sometimes offered to new residents to make sure they know how to exercise safely. Just a few of the more popular fitness classes frequently held at active adult communities include low-impact aerobics, yoga, Pilates and Zumba.

Jump in the Pool

Exercising in a swimming pool is a great way to reduce the impact on joints, so active adult fitness facilities frequently include a heated indoor pool. This gives serious swimmers a place to work out year-round, without sharing space with those relaxing in the community’s resort-style outdoor pool. During certain hours, the indoor pool may also be used for low-impact water aerobics classes.

Indoor Walking Tracks

In larger fitness centers, like the two-story facility at Sun City Huntley, residents can also exercise year-round with an indoor walking track. Indoor tracks give residents who would rather skip the treadmill a safe place to walk, jog or run. They can use the track alone, exercise with the help of a personal trainer or plan to meet up with friends to help each other stay motivated.

Locker Rooms and More

Exercise equipment, classes, and fitness amenities are important, but they aren’t the only elements found in today’s active adult fitness facilities. Fully-equipped health centers commonly feature men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, saunas and whirlpool spas. They may even include massage centers and physical therapy treatment rooms to help ease tired muscles and prevent injuries.

Active adults who are interested in having many exercise options should forget communities with basic exercise rooms and look for one with a state-of-the-art fitness center. These high-end facilities are becoming a common amenity at newer communities, making it easy for residents to get fit and stay in shape for years to come.