Exercise Classes

Stay engaged, stay connected, stay healthy, with volunteer-led exercise classes for older adults in Central Vermont.

Exercise and Wellness Classes

CVCOA's evidence-based wellness programs, led by certified volunteer class leaders, can help you stay active, engaged, and connected in your community. Participating in an exercise class can have a tremendous impact on your health and well-being, helping you improve balance, mobility, strength, and flexibility, and aiding in relaxation. Being active at any time in adulthood can have a postive impact and is also linked to higher cognition in later life.

Classes are offered both online and in-person throughout the region and can change from season to season based on volunteer and space availability. These classes are free for people age 60+.

Evidence-based exercise classes include:

  • Falls Prevention Tai Chi is a Sun Style form of Tai Chi.  It is a variety of movements and forms that specifically work on fall prevention strategies like weight transference, mindfulness, and balance. 
  • Yang 24 is the most popular form of Tai Chi worldwide.  If features slow, continuous and circular movements that have a lovely flowing quality.  It challenges balance more than Falls Prevention Tai Chi but has similar health benefits. 
  • Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program is a low joint impact physical strength training activity program proven to reduce pain and decrease stiffness. The sessions include gentle range-of-motion exercises that are suitable for every fitness level and ability. These enjoyable and motivational classes may be taken either standing or sitting in a chair.
  • Walk with Ease is a 6-week program that helps you make walking a more regular part of your lifestyle and is fun and social to boot. Walk with Ease groups meet together for some gentle stretching and walking. This program is great for absolute beginners as well as people who’ve been active for years.  
     

Please note hybrid offerings are classes that meet in-person and on Zoom. 

Additional exercise classes are offered around the region, including Bone Builders, Lift for Life, and Strong Living.

For more information about current exercise classes in Central Vermont or becoming a volunteer class leader, contact Anne Greshin, AmeriCorps Seniors RSVP Program Director, at [email protected] or 802-241-4840.

Find a Class Near You

Map Marker Class Location Town Day / Time Format
Bone Builders Jeffersonville Church Jeffersonville Mondays, Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. In Person
Falls Prevention Tai Chi River Arts Morrisville Thursdays at 1:00 p.m. In Person, at capacity
Bone Builders Sterling View Hyde Park Tuesdays, Fridays at 10:00 a.m. In Person
Falls Prevention Tai Chi Boch Park Bradford Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. In Person, Outdoors
Falls Prevention Tai Chi Randolph Senior Center Randolph Fridays at 10:00 a.m. In Person, at capacity
Lift for Life Randolph Senior Center Randolph Tuesdays, Thursdays at 8:20 a.m. In Person
Lift for Life Randolph Senior Center Randolph Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. In Person
Strong Living Northfield Senior Center Northfield Mondays, Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. In Person
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Twin Valley Senior Center East Montpelier Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m. In Person
Bone Builders Twin Valley Senior Center East Montpelier Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays at 7:30 a.m. Zoom
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Warren Library Warren Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. In Person
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Waitsfield Church Waitsfield Mondays at 10:30 a.m. In Person
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Barre Area Senior Center Barre Tuesdays, Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m. Hybrid
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program River Arts Morrisville Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. In Person
Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program Waterbury Public Library Waterbury Fridays at 10:30 a.m. (Begins August 2) In Person
Bone Builders United Church of Johnson Johnson Mondays, Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. In Person
Falls Prevention Tai Chi Aldrich Library Barre Beginning June 3 In Person
Falls Prevention Tai Chi, Level 2 Brown Library Northfield Fridays at 10:00 a.m., 4/19, 5/3, 5/24 In Person
Falls Prevention Tai Chi Waitsfield Church Waitsfield Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. (Beginning May 21) In Person
Falls Prevention Tai Chi Twin Valley Senior Center East Montpelier Fridays at 9:15 a.m. In Person, Beginning Level
  • Class Name: Bone Builders
  • Location: Jeffersonville Church
  • City: Jeffersonville
  • Day / Time: Mondays, Thursdays, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Format: In Person
  • 44.64567
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  • Class Name: Falls Prevention Tai Chi
  • Location: Boch Park
  • City: Bradford
  • Day / Time: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Format: In Person, Outdoors
  • 43.99353
  • -72.12821
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  • Class Name: Falls Prevention Tai Chi
  • Location: Randolph Senior Center
  • City: Randolph
  • Day / Time: Fridays at 10:00 a.m.
  • Format: In Person, at capacity
  • 43.92288
  • -72.66612
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  • Class Name: Lift for Life
  • Location: Randolph Senior Center
  • City: Randolph
  • Day / Time: Tuesdays, Thursdays at 8:20 a.m.
  • Format: In Person
  • 43.92288
  • -72.66612
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  • Class Name: Lift for Life
  • Location: Randolph Senior Center
  • City: Randolph
  • Day / Time: Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
  • Format: In Person
  • 43.92288
  • -72.66612
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  • Class Name: Strong Living
  • Location: Northfield Senior Center
  • City: Northfield
  • Day / Time: Mondays, Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.
  • Format: In Person
  • 44.1502
  • -72.65576
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  • Class Name: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Location: Twin Valley Senior Center
  • City: East Montpelier
  • Day / Time: Mondays, Wednesdays at 9:00 a.m.
  • Format: In Person
  • 44.27101
  • -72.4868
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  • Class Name: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Location: Warren Library
  • City: Warren
  • Day / Time: Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Format: In Person
  • 44.11353
  • -72.85575
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  • Class Name: Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program
  • Location: Waitsfield Church
  • City: Waitsfield
  • Day / Time: Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
  • Format: In Person
  • 44.190765
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  • Class Name: Falls Prevention Tai Chi
  • Location: Waitsfield Church
  • City: Waitsfield
  • Day / Time: Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. (Beginning May 21)
  • Format: In Person
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In addition to these classes, senior centers throughout the region offer a variety of exercise and wellness classes plus activities and information. Click here to find the senior center in your area or call the CVCOA Helpline at 802-477-1364 for assistance. 

Healthy Aging Resources

Falls Free Vermont

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A coalition of community partners promoting falls prevention programs.

My Healthy Vermont

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Want to be healthier and feel better? We can help. Our local coordinators can connect you with workshops right in your community. These are led by health experts who understand your needs because many have faced similar health challenges. From building healthy behaviors to quitting smoking to managing pain and other long-term health problems, Vermonters who complete our workshops see big improvements in their health—and their overall well-being.

National Institute on Aging - Go4Life Exercise Guide

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Your everyday guide for exercise and physical activity from the National Institute on Aging at NIH.

Tai Chi Vermont

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Works with CVCOA and other community partners to promote Falls Prevention Tai Chi.

UVM Medical Center - Falls Prevention

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The UVM Medical Center's Fall Prevention Clinic provides comprehensive fall risk assessment and treatment for people who have fallen or at risk for falling.