65+ Fitness Program (L.I.F.E.)

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Research indicates that inactive older adults, by becoming active, can offset 50% or more of the physical loss during those years. The L.I.F.E. program places emphasis on resistance exercise, flexibility training, and functional activities.

(additional fee + membership not required)

Living Independently Through Fitness and Exercise (L.I.F.E.) is an exercise program designed exclusively for individuals 65 years of age and older. Research shows that inactive older adults who become active can offset 50% or more of the physical loss during these years. The L.I.F.E. program emphasizes strength and flexibility training as well as functional activities. With improved strength and flexibility, the necessary activities of daily living are more easily accomplished thus allowing each participant to remain independent for as long as possible and improving quality of life.

A Day in the L.I.F.E. Program

  • 10 to 15 minutes of warm-up activities to get the body moving
  • 30 to 40 minutes of weight training or functional activities
  • 10 to 15 minutes of cool-down and relaxation

Program Details

  • Adults 65 and older
  • 36 supervised sessions completed over a 16-week period
  • Sessions are held in the mornings on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday

Exercise routine includes:

  • Weight training
  • Balance training
  • Stretching
  • Agility drills
  • Functional training
  • Yoga

Qualified and Experienced Staff

Tony Musto, Ph.D., ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist, designed the L.I.F.E. program based on the latest research findings and safety considerations. All sessions are carefully monitored to meet the program goals and allow each participant to work at their own pace in a supportive environment.

What the Experts Are Saying

Not only do the participants think it is a great program, the American College of Sports Medicine Interest Group on Aging recognizes L.I.F.E. as a “Successful Active Aging Program.”

The L.I.F.E. program has also been featured in numerous publications and journals.


Program Registration

  1. Complete the Electronic Medical History Form.
  2. The Program Application Packet includes a letter for your physician describing the program and a physician's approval form. You are required to get your physician's approval to participate.
  3. Email the completed Program Application Packet to the Herbert Wellness Center at wellnesscenter@miami.edu.
  4. Once all materials are received, you will be contacted to schedule a program orientation and basic fitness assessment.