Fit & Strong!

Sanford Center for Aging

woman exercising with resistance bands in park

NOTE regarding 2021 workshops: To reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus, we will provide our workshops online via the Zoom teleconference tool. For information about any Sanford Center Wellness program, call (775) 235-8862 or email

Fit & Strong! blends a multiple component exercise program with group problem solving and education. The class is designed to increase your self-confidence in your ability to exercise safely and encourages commitment to lifestyle change. This program was specifically designed to manage arthritis symptoms, as well as increase confidence in the ability to exercise safely with arthritis.

Program Details

This is an 8-week physical activity/self-management program that meets three times per week for 90 minutes per session. The first hour is comprised of exercise incorporating stretching and flexibility, low-impact aerobics/fitness walking, strength training, and balance exercises, followed by health education/group problem solving for behavior change. Before the end of the program you will meet with the instructor to develop individualized exercise plans that foster ongoing maintenance of a balanced physical activity routine.

Next class to start in early 2022.
After taking this class participants have reported:
  • Increase engagement in physical activity (which has been sustained over 18 months)
  • Improvements in lower extremity joint stiffness
  • Decreased pain
  • Increased lower extremity strength
  • Increased mobility
  • Decreased anxiety and depression
Who should participate in Fit & Strong?

Anyone looking get back into exercise or start a new habit, especially those experiencing lower extremity joint pain and stiffness. All participants need to have clearance to participate in exercise from their physician.

Upcoming Classes

To find out more about Fit & Strong! classes in 2020, call (775) 235-8862 or contact