On behalf of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Texas at El Paso, I would like to welcome you on the Physical Fitness in the Golden Age website. Thank you for taking time to learn more about our program!
It is with pride that I direct this program, which over the years has grown from an idea into a meaningful community program making a positive impact in the lives of hundreds of El Paso older adults. Our program has started out as a small pilot project with a group of 30 older adults, and with hard work and the generous support of the UTEP Administration grew into a well recognized program serving our region. Today the program operates with a well-equipped exercise facility located on the UTEP campus that provides a dedicated space for older adults who wish to improve their health and fitness through participating in our program. In addition, our vision is to expand the program beyond the UTEP campus and have multiple locations throughout El Paso, thus providing easy program access to a larger number of older adults. The need for such a program is tremendous, as older adults have limited opportunities to participate in truly meaningful exercise programs and receive the social support necessary to remain active during their golden years. Our program aims to help older adults to achieve a healthy and physically fit lifestyle, maintain their mobility and independence, and achieve a successful aging.
Physical Fitness in the Golden Age is a community based exercise program for older adults 55 years of age and older, which utilizes a comprehensive fitness program that aims to improve overall health and functional ability, and maintain independent living and mobility.
The program simultaneously improves fitness and fosters healthy living habits for program participants with training sessions that focus on the improvement of muscular strength, cardiovascular fitness, mobility, coordination, speed, agility, flexibility, and balance. The program provides a comfortable environment for individuals of the same age working together for a common goal: to achieve successful aging and improving quality of life.
Exercise sessions are offered through a flexible schedule and are available on all weekdays at various hours of the day. Participants can attend as many training sessions as they desire. However, typically beginners in the program are advised to attend two sessions weekly, while trained participants generally attend three to four sessions weekly. Sessions are 90 minute in length.