Category Archives: Fitness

Coffee Talk


Each month our Older Adult Fitness program hosts Coffee Talk, featuring free coffee, snacks, and presentations on various topics hosted by members of Bowling Green State University or the Bowling Green community.

CoffeeTalk-02This month’s Coffee Talk featured a presentation by Dr. Angie Goodman, DPM of Northwest Ohio Orthopedics and Sports Medicine located in Bowling Green. Participants learned about different types of orthopedic issues and the best treatment and preventive measures to take in order to assure their feet are healthy enough to support an active lifestyle.

Coffee Talk monthly sessions resume in February 2018. For upcoming topics and dates, or other program information please visit our website.

Older Adult Fitness programming is brought to you in partnership with the BGSU Optimal
Aging Institute





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Checking in with Older Adult Fitness

Hello All,

The weather is getting nice, and the active older adults participating in our Water Exercise Training (WET) are shaking off the cold at Andrews Pool in the Student Recreation Center. The Department of Recreation and Wellness is proud to be partnering with the Healthways SilverSneackers® Fitness program to offer a variety of activities designed especially for older adults.

Participants are building muscular endurance and joint flexibility in our WET class, and learning breathing exercises and different meditation styles in our Gentle Chair Yoga class.

The ever changing Bowling Green weather does not stop our members from getting in their daily exercise, Older Adult Fitness participants are also enjoying walks around the track at the Perry Filed House, a swimming during open pool hours, along with Pickleball with friends.

Exercise has a variety of health benefits including help in improving your balance, managing and improving diseases and helping to reduce feelings of depression.

Take advantage of these specially designed classes and activities, best of all if you are a SilverSneakers member, all of these activities are at no charge to you. We look forward to seeing you at the next class.

For more information, class times, or registration details: Older Adult FitnessYoga_Twitter

Older adult fitness classes begin soon!

Hello All,

Linda here, with some exciting news from our Older Adult Fitness program: the Department of Recreation and Wellness is teaming up with Healthways SilverSneackers® Fitness program to bring you the second session of 8- week fitness classes. The session runs from March 13th through May 5th. These classes are specially designed with older adults in mind.

The first class, Water Exercise Training (WET), is a therapeutic aquatics program. WET has a positive effect on cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength, muscular endurance, and joint flexibility. All this is set in a social atmosphere, so grab your swimsuit and come on in, the water is just right.

The second class in the session is Gentle Chair Yoga. This class caters to those who have difficulty sitting on the floor, have injuries, or are interested in a more modified practice. Gentle Chair Yoga teaches you breathing exercises and different meditation styles. Grab a chair and join us.

Along with these classes, bring a friend for a game of Pickleball or a walk around the track at the Perry Field House.

Classes are open to everyone, but SilverSneakers members can take advantage of all these activities at no charge!

Exercise has many health benefits, besides improving physical strength and fitness, it can help manage and improve diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. It can also help improve feelings of depression and prevent health problems that come with age.

For more information, class times, or registration information: Older Adult Fitness


Sexual Assault Awareness Month 5K and Dog Walk

Show your support for Sexual Assault Awareness Month and get moving in the SAAM 5K and Dog Walk. The event proceeds benefit The Cocoon, which provides safety, healing, and justice for survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence. T-shirts for people, bandanas for dogs. Must register by March 1 to receive a t-shirt. Top winners in age and gender receive a prize.

Register online, or in person at the Perry Field House or the Student Recreation Center. Additional $5 fee for race day entries.

For More Information:
Wellness Connection
Recreation and Wellness | Division of Student Affairs

RecWell Rewind – Fitwell Program Established

The Fitwell Program was started in 1985 to offer a scientifically designed, personalized fitness program.

Dr. Bowers Doing an AssessmentThe objective of the Fitwell program was to encourage people to assess their health status, make an effort to improve it, and learn how to maintain good lifestyle habits. The program was directed by Dr. Richard Bowers, professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation and a certified exercise program director through the American College of Sports Medicine.

The Fitwell program was an optional service available to all members of the Student Recreation Center, and it included the use of state of the art equipment located in the L.I.F.E. (Leisure Information and Fitness Evaluation) Room in the Student Recreation Center. Services offered include a health and lifestyle audit, a treadmill test, a body composition analysis, a blood pressure assessment, and a cholesterol test and analysis. Based on the results of the cholesterol test, the Fitwell staff could direct clients to nutritional counseling through the Well or another campus agency.

Once clients completed the tests, they had the option to join a 12-week supervised exercise program or a self-directed exercise program. If enrolled in the 12-week program, clients also received fitness tips and an alternate aerobic exercise modes. After the 12 weeks, the client received a reevaluation of the past tests.

The program equipment was purchased for an estimated $20,000 with additional equipment being added as the program expanded. Funding was provided through donations by private citizens and corporations.

FitWell Logo

Over the years additional programs were added to Fitwell. An option for faculty and staff offered in the 90’s was the Out-to-Lunch-Bunch. Cathy Swick, assistant to the Dr. Bowers and Others Using Equipmentdirector, described the program as a semi-supervised exercise program aiming towards improving an individual’s overall health. The program was based on pre and post tests. The Senior Fit for Hire program was also developed in the 90’s and promoted the health and fitness or senior students who would soon be joining the workforce. In this program, students were provided with a certificate stating that the individual was “concerned about fitness and interested in their health.”

By 1994 Fitwell was servicing about 1,500 to 1,800 clients a year.

Visit our website for more information about the History of Recreation and Wellness.