Staying Fit During Retirement in Ashland

Group of elders participating in water aerobics.

Physical activity and fresh air are key ingredients for longevity, whether it’s an invigorating cardio workout or a fun game of chair volleyball. These benefits are important both for the wellbeing of your older loved one, as well as for you and your family, whether you live in Ashland or frequently visit to see Mom or Dad. That’s why retirement in Ashland, Ohio is such a great idea: there’s something for everyone!

Retirement in Ashland: lots of ways to get your body moving

Are you a swimmer, a walker, or is yoga more your style? You’ll find lots of ways to work your muscles in Ashland. And the great news is many of the opportunities offer accessible options so your loved one can often share the experience with you.

Walking trails and parks

Retirement in Ashland means easy access to great outdoor spaces. One lovely spot is Freer Field Park, a 78-acre park traversed by two miles of trails including a one-mile paved loop through woodlands filled with hardwoods, pines and holly bushes. The trails also travel through grassy meadows that draw birds and butterflies with the variety of native grasses and wildflowers. There is also a large grassy area for kite flying, frisbee throwing and other family fun. The Ashland County “Everybody Rides” program provides adaptive bikes for those with mobility issues.

Another great choice is River Walk Nature Area with 11-acres of land and a trail that is just under a mile in length along the Jerome Fork of the Mohican River. Here, you can see diverse wildlife and stroll among majestic buckeye and walnut trees.

For even more natural diversity consider Byers Woods, covering 215 acres of forests, wetlands and grasslands with more than three miles of trails to choose from as well as a tremendous diversity of wildlife. It’s a favorite for anyone enjoying retirement in Ashland, as well as birders of all ages.


Download our free guide, 

A Guide to Living Well in Ashland, Ohio.”

Fitness and swimming

Group exercise, private swimming lessons, karate, water fitness, personal training, Silver Sneakers classes, and more—the Ashland YMCA makes it easy to work your body and connect with others in a positive and safe environment.

For those warm days when the whole family wants to get outside together, the accessible “L-shaped” Brookside Pool features a wading pool for small children. The main portion of the pool meets Olympic standards at 50 meters in length. The pool features three diving areas, a diving depth of just over 13 feet, and a water slide.


Retirement in Ashland comes with numerous ways to relax and unwind. For a restorative experience through yoga, check out a class or private session at Rooted & Reaching Yoga & Embodied Care. Classes are taught with trauma-informed philosophy in mind as well as an overall goal of living a fully embodied and whole-hearted life.


Yet another popular leisure activity in Ashland you can consider during a visit with your older loved one is golf. Ashland Golf Club offers a traditional style 18-hole championship course with rolling terrain, tree-lined bent grass fairways, fabulous greens and breathtaking scenery. Multiple tee lengths ensure that golfers of all ages and skill levels will feel both challenged and competitive.

Brookdale Golf Course is an 18-hole, public, daily-fee golf course located in scenic Ashland. It is one of the finest maintained and operated facilities in the state.


Brookside West Park is a wonderful spot for everyone in your family, including Mom and Dad. Chat on a park bench while watching the grandchildren play on the swings, in the pool, or on the tennis courts. There’s also mini-golf, ice cream stands and places to walk. And don’t forget your fishing pole!

Charles Mill Lake Park offers a public swimming beach, bocce ball court, shuffleboard court, Frisbee golf course, playgrounds, horseshoe pits, fishing and more. Perfect for a pleasant afternoon for the whole family.

Retirement in Ashland offers your loved one comfort, care and all the ingredients of healthy aging, and it also offers a wide variety of interesting and fun ways for your whole family to be together.

Senior living, the LSS Senior Living way

At LSS Senior Living, our goal is to offer seniors quality care and comfort in a friendly and warm environment that feels like home. We offer a continuum of services to lend a helping hand when you need them. Find out more about our communities:

LSS Kensington Place

LSS Lutheran Village

LSS The Good Shepherd

Speak to an advisor today. We’re here to help. Learn more retiring to Ashland in our free guide, ”A Guide to Living Well in Ashland, Ohio.”

download your guide to living well during retirement in Ashland.

Leave a Comment