SENIORS AND RESISTANCE TRAINING: A MUST FOR HEALTH AND LONGEVITY

What population does weight lifting and resistance training benefit most? While these activities are important for youth athletes, business professionals, stay at home moms, and middle aged men alike, they are imperative for seniors! Many of the "age related" issues that the senior demographic seems chronically plagued by including but not limited to arthritis, bone breakage, balance issues, heart disease, diabetes, poor circulation and obesity, can be prevented and even alleviated by introducing a resistance training program.

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MAKE A VOW TO LOWER BLOOD PRESSURE AND REDUCE SODIUM INTAKE

February is American Heart Month and as a leading community-based network committed to improving the nation’s health, the YMCA of Central Kentucky urges everyone to help prevent heart disease by lowering your blood pressure. Two ways to keep the pressure off your heart are by monitoring your blood pressure and reducing sodium intake.

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MODIFIED MOVES, MAXIMUM RESULTS

Across the country, a growing number of YMCAs offer Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.  


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THE YMCA OF CENTRAL KENTUCKY

The YMCA of Central Kentucky offers a community of diverse individuals who can support all people in meeting their health and well-being goals. Learn more by visiting ymcacky.org or stopping into your local Y.  

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Many participants have seen reductions in their annual healthcare expenses of nearly $1,000 – all because they participated in a safe, comfortable, friendly exercise program! Ninetynine percent of Enhance®Fitness participants have recommended the program to a friend!


If you’d like to register or learn more about the Enhance®Fitness program, visit ymca.net/enhancefitness or contact one of the participating YMCA locations in Kentucky.

Across the country, a growing number of YMCAs offer Enhance®Fitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.


OUR AIM:

To help you feel better

Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and fosters strong social relationships between participants. Enhance®Fitness is geared toward older adults with arthritis. Those with chronic conditions, such as arthritis, need not worry; they will never have to do anything that hurts. Participants can use chairs for support, if necessary, and increase the weight they use for strength training at their own pace.


The class structure

Enhance®Fitness is a 16-week program. In a typical 60-minute class, participants will experience:

MODIFIED MOVES, MAXIMUM RESULTS


The Enhance®Fitness program has been recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a program demonstrated to improve the quality of life for persons with arthritis and has also received recognition from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Administration on Aging and the National Council on Aging. The program is partially funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Kentucky Department of Public Health.


Benefits of the program include:

Find a Location Near You

Barren County Family YMCA

1 YMCA WayGlasgow, KY 42141 270-651-9622

Limestone Family YMCA

1080 US 68 Maysville, KY 41056 606-564-6772

Owensboro Family YMCA

2920 Yale Place Owensboro, KY 42301 270-926-9622 ext. 8208

Paris-Bourbon County Family YMCA

917 Main StreetParis, KY 40361

859-987-1395

Pikeville Area Family YMCA

424 Bob Amos Drive Pikeville, KY 41501 606-433-9622

YMCA of Greater Cincinnati

 Campbell County YMCA 1437 S. Ft. Thomas Ave.Ft. Thomas, KY 41075 859-781-1814

YMCA of Central Kentucky

C.M. Gatton Beaumont YMCA 3251 Beaumont Centre Circle Lexington, KY 40513 859-367-7362