Exercise & 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:

Northland Shepherd's Center offers many classes through "Aging in Excellence."
Call Chanel at 816-452-4536 for more information.

  • 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. 
  • LIFT - Life Improvement Fitness Training is designed to increase senior adults' access to a safe, structured, and effective strength training program.
  • Chair yoga - helps increase your mobility and balance, decrease stress and anxiety. For all fitness levels.
  • Tai Chi - improves balance, cognitive function, strength and mobility with slow, gentle movements. 

    Community Centers, Hospitals, Fitness Centers
    You can get up to $30 of your class fee per quarter PAID at these places. Click on place name to see their website.
  • 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 
  • New in 2024: Balance Fitness Studio in Smithville - (816) 461-9031
  • Excelsior Springs Parks & Recreation - Seniors 60+ group exercise classes are free! (816) 630-1040
  • Smithville Parks & Recreation - Seniors 60+ group exercise classes are free!  (816) 343-2073