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Older Adults Beat the Heat at the YMCA

Active Older Adult Programs Offer Healthy Activities, Socialization in Cool Comfort

June 12, 2012 - PRLog -- (AUSTIN) - With summer heating up, outdoor exercise is nearly impossible for most of us. For older adults, staying active in the summer becomes a special challenge. But the YMCA of Austin is helping Active Older Adults (AOA) beat the heat with a broad array of programs that cater to their particular needs, whether they are looking to stay fit and active, recover from an injury, relieve chronic pain, or simply to get out of the house and socialize.
“At the Y we offer an environment for all - we believe everybody should have an opportunity to stay active and healthy. Our older adults come to exercise and meet new people. They end up with not only a healthy body, as their mind gets benefits from it as well,” said Ron Perry, Fitness Director at the Northwest Family YMCA.
The YMCA offers a great variety of activities for Active Older Adults, for all skill levels.
As a leading area nonprofit committed to healthy living and social responsibility, the YMCA of Austin provides financial assistance to make sure that everyone can have access to its programs and facilities. Through the Y’s “Membership for All” program, seniors on a fixed income can ensure that they can enjoy the Y and remain
within their budget, with reduced monthly fees based on total household income.


With an emphasis on the balanced development of strength, stamina, flexibility, and relaxation, this class brings a holistic approach to your fitness.

Senior Fitness
This class includes cardiovascular training and toning exercises that promote muscle strength, range of motion, and endurance. Ideal for active older adults.

Tai Chi / Quigong
Characterized by soft, flowing movements that emphasize force, rather than brute strength. The movements are executed precisely incorporating relaxation, breathing, and balance.

Zumba Gold
Designed for the active older adult or people who may be limited physically, Zumba Gold features the same great Latin style of music as Zumba Basic, but the moves are done at a lower intensity and slower pace.

• AOA Strength
• AOA Impact & Step
• Beginning Indoor Cycling
• Never Despair Back Care
• Stretch, Tone & Bend

Aqua Zumba
The “Pool Party” workout for all ages. Dive into new water dance fitness class and experience a water-based workout that integrates the popular Latin - inspired Zumba formula into traditional aqua fitness disciplines.

Adult Beginner Swim Lessons
Designed for the adult beginner who may be timid about swimming or who has never swam in deep water.

Adult Stroke Clinic
For those who can swim 100 yards on their own but would like to work on stroke analysis & training techniques.

Masters - Ages 18+
Structured swim workouts and stroke analysis for advanced swimmers.

Arthritis / Range of Motion Class
A nationally recognized program for mild water exercise and stretching, specifically
for people with arthritis and limited ranges of motion.

Aqua Fit
Medium to high intensity depending on class participants. Cardiovascular conditioning along with toning, flexibility and abdominal work.

Lap Swimming
FREE swimming year-round for all members in our heated indoor and outdoor pools. Multiple lap lanes available at all times.

Senior Retreat
A weekly gathering of persons with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s or dementia offering fitness, music, camaraderie and open hearts.

A FREE, 12-week, small-group program designed for adult cancer survivors who have become de-conditioned or chronically fatigued from their treatment and/or disease.

• Arts (Drawing, Painting, Photography)
• Music
• Knitting
• Cooking

*Program offerings vary by branch. Check for details.

For information about YMCA of Austin programs and memberships or to find your nearest branch, call (512) 730-YMCA (9622) or visit www.Austin.YMCA.org.
About the YMCA of Austin
The YMCA of Austin currently serves more than 50,000 active members and provides program services to an additional 50,000 people citywide. Founded in 1953, the YMCA of Austin is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The YMCA puts Christian principles into practice through programs that promote good health, strong families, character values, youth leadership, community development and international understanding. More information is available at www.austinymca.org.

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