Health and Wellness

Certified exercise programs, Zumba and Zumba Gold, Balance & Stretching, Tai Chi, Yoga,  Health and Wellness speakers


Medical Equipment For Loan

With Medicare not always paying for health equipment that you may need, residents of Bay Village are able to borrow donated medical equipment while recuperating from surgery or an injury. 

Available equipment includes wheelchairs, walkers, canes, shower benches, etc. at no charge.

Call 899-3442 for more information or to request or donate equipment.


Senior Hi Fitness

What is Strength Training?

Strength training can take many forms. Weights, exercise bands, even your own body weight are some tools that can be used for your strength training routine.  You will perform a certain number of repetitions using different sets of muscles. Working your muscles just a little beyond their comfort zone which will steadily increase your strength and fitness level.

  What Happens During Aging?

As we age, muscles begin to atrophy, slowly being replaced by fat.  After the age of 50, muscle mass decreases as much as 15% for each decade until the age of 70. After 70, this process accelerates to 30% each decade

Muscle loss contributes to falls, fractures, weakness, slow metabolism, glucose intolerance and loss of ability to perform normal activities.

But Don't Worry…There Is Hope

Benefits of  Strength Training

Substantial research has shown that Strength Training has some amazing health benefits:

·  Heavier bone density

·  Improved balance

·  Increased total strength

As study conducted by Tufts University shows that resistance based workouts also significantly decrease the risk of:

· Diabetes

·  Colon Cancer

·  High Blood Pressure

·  Lower Back Pain

·  Arthritic Discomfort

·  Falls and Fractures

Simple resistance training, done regularly, can greatly improve muscle strength, power and functional performance in older adults.  Whether you are 65, 75 or even in your 90s, it is not too late to begin.  You will see a positive effect.

 About the Teacher


Tuesdays 8:45 am Bay Village

Thursdays  8:45 am Bay Village

Tai Chi 

What is Qigong?

Qigong (pronounced "chee-gong") began in ancient China as a medical/wellness practice using breath, focus, and various still or moving postures for healing and encouraging good health. From this origin evolved spiritual and meditative practices, and eventually applications in martial arts. Today numerous Qigong forms are practiced as a means of health maintenance through movement.

  What is Tai Chi?

Tai Chi (pronounced "tie-chee) forms and study are one aspect of Qigong practice, often with an emphasis on the martial element or application. Tai Chi forms are more complex choreographed patterns ranging from 24 movement short forms to over 100 movements in the long forms of the five major styles of Tai Chi (Chen, Hao, Sun, Wu, and Yang).

In our classes we practice the Simplified 24 Short Form (or Beijing Form), the Wu Style Long Form, the Eight Pieces of Brocade from Qigong practice, and other Qigong movements, with emphasis on practice for good health and wellness.

Kudos from the AMA!

Harvard University and the Mayo Clinic have written articles praising Tai Chi, and Doctors Michael Roizen of Cleveland Clinic and Doctor Oz of the Oprah show recommend Qigong practice as a part of a healthy lifestyle.

Studies show many important benefits:

·  Improved everyday physical functioning.

·  Improved cardiovascular fitness.

·  Reduced anxiety and depression.

·  Improved balance and coordination.

·  Improved sleep quality.

·  Slowing of bone loss.

·  Reduced high blood pressure.

·  Reduced number of falls.

·  Relief from chronic pain.

  About the Teacher

C. Michael Rhoades began study of martial arts in 1974, including Taekwondo, Karate, Judo, Jiujitsu, Aikido/Aikijutsu, Kobudo, and Chanbara. He holds a second degree black belt in Changmookwan Taekwondo, third degree in Kwanmukan Karate, Aikijutsu, and Kobudo, teaching certification in Chanbara competition, and licensure as a referee with the USA Karate Federation.  He held certification as a self-defense instructor with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation & Correction for 16 years, retiring in 2009 after 28 years as a parole officer.

Michael began study of Tai Chi and Qigong in 1999 with Susan Cady, and in 2000 with Susan's teacher, Richard Leirer, and the Cleveland Qigong Academy. The Qigong Academy awarded him teaching certification in 2006.

Mondays 10:00 am Bay Village (Wu) Fridays 10:30 am Bay Village (24)


What is Yoga?

Yoga is the union of Mind, Body, and Spirit.  It is considered a holistic experience which rejuvenates the mind, body and spirit.  While "Westernized" yoga is more fitness focused, the practice is calming and peaceful.

Mindful Breathing

As we age, we stop breathing fully.  Yoga reminds us that is it important to exhale as fully as we inhale.  As we grow older, we lose flexibility in our ribcage creating less room for lung expansion.  Mindful breathing focuses on full inhalations and exhalations and serves to slow down the heart rate which, in turn, improves focus and increases concentration.


The Sanskrit term "asana' translates to pose or posture.  Focus is placed on positioning all body parts correctly and mindfully so that each side of the body is balanced.

Benefits of Yoga

Substantial research has shown that Yoga has some amazing health benefits:

·  Balance

·  Sleep

·  Strength/Arthritis

·  Diabetes

·  Hypertension

·  Excess Weight

·  Mood/Anxiety

·  Depression

·  Hormones

·  Chronic Pain

·  Lung Problems/Breathing Difficulties

·  Asthma

·  Headaches

·  Carpal Tunnel

·  Cognition

·  Body Image

Our gentle yoga class is designed so just about anyone can participate using chairs or on the floor.

It gently works muscles and joints to enhance strength, range of motion, balance and circulation.

About the Teacher 

Tolisa Mize Horning holds a B.A. from Case Western Reserve.  She has studied yoga, ballet and dance confirming her belief that movement is medicine.

Tolisa was a producer for the Morning Exchange and later TV3 in the News Department.  While raising her family, she continued with her yoga practice and taught a variety of music and movement classes. 

Tolisa is a certified yoga therapist and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.  She teaches Youth Yoga, Adult Yoga, Chair Yoga, Restorative Yoga and Senior Yoga.

Mondays  10:30  am Bay Village