Students in Jacksonville’s Exercise Programming for Special Populations course got a unique opportunity to visit the residents at Westminster Woods and join them for a morning work-out class that left them sweating.

The students are developing exercise programs for groups of people with various health conditions that require a more knowledgeable exercise professional’s insight. A few groups that are considered special populations are those with coronary heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, pregnant women, and the elderly.

Westminster Woods is a community for older adults whose sole purpose is to serve older adults by providing beautiful and quality environments to enhance lifestyles at every level of independence. Fitness Coordinators from Westminster Woods hosted Keiser students as they went through a “Fit for Life” class where they engaged in a 60-minute workout that incorporated cardiorespiratory, resistance, and balance training before heading out to observe residents in a heated recreational bocce ball match.  The students  experienced first-hand the types of activities and exercises that are appropriate for older adults and observe the benefits of an active lifestyle in an aging population.