BRENTWOOD, Tenn., July 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents in senior living communities throughout Brookdale's 36-state footprint are exercising their minds, bodies and spirits thanks to the Brookdale Fitness B-Fit exercise program. The new program aims to maximize seniors' functional abilities – the goal of Brookdale's Optimum Life philosophy of well-being. During each class, residents perform exercises that incorporate components of Tai Chi, brain challenging movements and meditative relaxation, and they like it. Martha Jean Wells, a resident at The Cumberland in Nashville, praises the program. "We started the class two weeks ago, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it," said Wells, who explained that she has been exercising at the community since she arrived in June 2012. "It has a different format than our previous class; it helps us both physically and mentally," continued Wells. "Plus, it's great because there is something everyone can do. I'm 84, and there are ladies older than me who are participating." Offered at least three days each week to residents in Brookdale communities across the nation, Brookdale Fitness B-Fit is based on the latest guidelines of the American College of Sports Medicine. The new guidelines include cardiovascular, resistance training, flexibility and neuromotor components of exercise. "Brookdale is leading the way for seniors in being the first to incorporate these new guidelines, especially the neuromotor aspect, which includes Tai Chi movements as a way to improve balance and reduce falls," said Brookdale's Chief Medical Officer Kevin O'Neil, M.D. Sara Terry, vice president of Customer Experience for Brookdale, describes Brookdale Fitness B-Fit as a cutting-edge program that provides residents with a fun, holistic and stimulating exercise experience. She said, "What's great is that each class can be customized to meet the needs of each resident's abilities, ensuring that all of our residents – regardless of their challenges – have the opportunity to live an Optimum Life."