enhance® fitness

Modified Moves, Maximum Results 

This proven, nationally recognized senior fitness and arthritis management program helps older adults become more active, energized and empowered for independent living. A trained and certified instructor focuses participants on cardiovascular endurance, strength, flexibility and balance in an atmosphere of social interaction to reduce the severity of arthritis symptoms.

Participants set their own goals and never do anything that hurts! Soft, adjustable wrist and ankle weights allow each participant to perform strength training exercises at an appropriate level. We measure success with a personal fitness assessment every four months and track progress over time. At the Y, we also provide a comfortable, welcoming environment where participants can support each other and engage socially, breaking the social isolation that is detrimental to the health of many older adults.

What to expect

  • Classes meet three times per week for 60 minutes each.
  • Stand, sit or hold onto a chair for support—do what’s right for you!
  • Focus on strength, flexibility, movement and balance.
  • Make friends who support and cheer you on!

Eligibility Requirements

  • Older adults at all fitness levels are welcome
  • Especially beneficial for older adults living with arthritis

In general, people in EnhanceFitness notice that they have more energy, better balance, increased upper and lower body strength, more flexibility and increased range of motion. Research shows that regular participation in programs like EnhanceFitness: may reduce age-related functional decline by as much as 32%; can reduce the incidence of disability in older adults who suffer from arthritis by 43% over 18 months; and reduce total health care costs more than $1,000 for participants vs. those of non-participating adults. Plus, you may sleep better and feel happier in this program!

2018 Classes Begin (16-week program):

The 16-week program costs $125 for YMCA members or $250 for program-only participants. UnityPoint Health-Meriter patients may be eligible to participate at no cost; ask your provider.

For more information or to enroll, contact:
Sharon Baldwin, Sr. Director of Healthy Living

608 906 8815

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