Enhance Fitness is a physical activity program for adults that is designed to improve functional fitness and well being. Functional fitness means keeping strong, balanced and flexible so you retain the ability to do the daily activities of life that you normally would do.Enhance Fitness is an evidence-based program, which means that it has been tested and studied to show its effectiveness for older adults. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that adults should do at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity exercise weekly, and that they must be given opportunities to enjoy physical fitness activities that are specially designed for their needs.
Regular exercise has been found to decrease the risk of developing chronic diseases, such as type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension), osteoporosis (thinning bones), heart disease, and depression. Seniors can improve their health and maintain their independence so that they may age in place longer.
The Enhance Fitness classes are held three times a week at various locations throughout the state. They give people an opportunity to exercise and socialize with their friends. The classes focus on balance, strength, endurance and flexibility exercises and are adjustable to all levels of fitness. Classes are taught by certified fitness instructors who are specifically trained in Enhance Fitness procedures and the exercise program. The program is taught exactly the same in each location, and the classes contain all the components of the program to ensure a standardized delivery.
“…since being in this class, I feel mentally and physically better. As long as this program goes on, I plan to be part of it.” - Enhance Fitness participant, Detroit, MI
Generous Program Funders:
Area Agency on Aging - 1B
Area Agency on Aging - The Senior Alliance
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Community Foundation of Greater Flint
Health Alliance Plan
HHS Office on Women’s Health
Kiwanis Club of Ann Arbor
Michigan Department of Community Health/ Diabetes & Other Chronic Disease Section
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
National REACH Coalition
Ruth Mott Foundation