Exercise and Physical Activity

Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone, including older adults. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age.

One of the great things about physical activity is that there are so many ways to be active. Here are some ways to consider:

  • PEPPI (Peer Exercise Program Promotes Independence) is a physical activity program specifically designed for older adults ages 60+, as well as disabled adults. The goal of the program is to maintain or improve a person's level of fitness and independence. PEPPI includes strength training using resistance bands and walking.
    PEPPI depends upon peer leaders in the community who attend a peer-leader training in the components of PEPPI and then are capable of leading activity classes for their peers.
    For more information: Northland Shepherd's Center 816-452-4536.

  • Stay Strong Stay Healthy is for middle-aged and older adults who want to improve quality of life and stay active. Instructors have been trained by University of Missouri fitness staff to lead this program. Sessions include warm-up exercises, simple strength-training exercises, and cool-down stretches which help you increase your strength and improve your balance. After the first 10 weeks, you will be able to "feel the benefit" and can continue the simple strength training program with the group or in your home. Weights will be available on-site and trained staff and volunteers will help you learn and do the exercises safely.
    For more information: University of Missouri Extension office 816-407-3490.

    Community centers and hospitals (click on places below for their websites)
    You can get up to $30 of your class fee per quarter PAID at these places:

     Gladstone Community Center 816-423-4200

    Kansas City North Community Center 816-784-6100

    Liberty Community Center 816-439-4360 

    Liberty Hospital Sports Medicine 816-407-2323

    North Kansas City Hospital 816-691-1688

    North Kansas City YMCA 816-300-0531

    SHAPE Fitness Saint Luke's Northland Smithville 816-532-7174 

    William Jewell Arthritis Aquatics Class & Swimnastics Program  816-415-7634 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    Excelsior Springs Parks & Recreation - Seniors 60+ group exercise classes are free! 816-630-1040

    (Also see our Life Enrichment page or return to Health and Wellness page.)



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