Most commonly offered exercise programs for older adults among responding libraries.
This figure displays the most commonly offered types of exercise programs. Fully 2/3 of respondents indicated that they offer Yoga for older adults, making it by far the most common type of program. Second, 36 (over 1/3) said they offered Tai Chi and/or QiGong. Third, 20 said they offered walking programs, either outdoors or inside the library. The other types of programs that more five or more respondents indicated they offer include: Dancing-16, Zumba-13, Unspecified group fitness-12, Pilates-5, and Geri-Fit-5.
After these, a long tail of offer types of programs were specified. These include: 4 cardio, 3 General strength, 3 General stretching, 2 – B.A.S.E., 2 – Stationary Bike / Under the desk pedaler, 2 – Fit and Fall proof, 2 – Couch to 5K, 2 – Exercise is Medicine, 2 – Self defense, 2 – Special Summer Reading Program, 1 – Bone Builders, 1 – Pickleball, 1 – fencing, 1 – martial arts, 1 – Mayo Clinic Exercise Routine, 1 – Sit and Be Fit, and 1- Wii Bowling.
This data derives from coding the open-ended responses of librarians. Some librarians gave very detailed answers to this prompt. Some of the more detailed responses include:
- 30/30 gentle exercise; 30 minutes spent in gentle aerobics and 30 minutes spent in yoga type stretching. The class is taught by a nurse employed at a local medical center as the employee health and fitness nurse.
- A Summer Reading Bingo card highlighting health activities for all ages.
- Memory cafe programs have included movement with dance, genetal programs have included Active Aging Week programs with yoga, tai chi, African dance, and warmups with the former Mallwalkers program (discontinued by its sponsor in 2018).
- offer quarterly yoga under the stars; followed by using telescopes to view sky.
- Outside instructors use our auditorium to teach yoga, tai chi,, and Zumba. Our library has recently started a walking book club that meets once a month at a wildlife refuge.
- Short, easy hikes on local trails.
- The library hosts an annual Man, WV on the Move walk in April of each year for adults. This is to promote walking as a way to exercise. A Gentle Yoga class is in the plans for this year. We also hold a Kids on the Move walk each year for children.
- Walks around town, with specific themes for each walk. Ex. historical, conservation, plants, trees, architecture
- We have an exercise group that meets 4 times per week, they do walking, aerobics, and tai chi.
- We host a bimonthly Line Dancing program during the day, indicated for older adults. We have also partnered with an organization that specializes in health informational programs for older adults to offer exercise tips for individuals with osteoporosis, fall avoidance, and gentle yoga.
- Weekly walks around town, with a different theme each week. eg. Famous people in town, cemeteries, conservation area/trails, downtown architecture, ghost walks, history of town, mushrooms, trees, weeds, poetry walks, Book-it in the library (walk the stairs while talking about library artifact history
- BoneBuilders program that is run by a local elder care facility. It focuses on balance and strength for seniors.
- We have Yoga. Sometimes with animal friends. We also have other fitness classes such as walking groups and Pilates.
- In January we started the Geri-Fit study and fitness class. We have 13 signed up for the study and 16 participating in the class. I already have 14 more signed up for the second class I’ll be offering when the study is over.
- We have a Senior Strength series which offers low impact chair exercises, and we’ve offered Tai Chi, and line dancing before which have appealed to seniors.