Engage at Every Age
You are never too old to eat healthy, get active and social! In honor of Older Americans Month, the Tampa YMCA is emphasizing the importance of being active and involved, no matter where or when you are in life.
Adults 50 years and older currently make up more than 30 percent of the U.S. population, and will soon represent 45 percent of all Americans. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests adults this age have a 70 percent chance of developing at least one chronic disease. While these numbers seem daunting, the good news is – making small lifestyle changes can help older adults live better.
The Y offers many programs to help older adults live healthier including SilverSneakers®, Y-Weight, Pedaling for Parkinson’s and the Y Diabetes Prevention Program. And just this month, we expanded a program proven to help those with arthritis to five different Ys in Tampa Bay.
EnhanceFitness is a senior fitness and arthritis management program that improves endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. It reduces arthritis symptoms with safe, low-impact exercises led by certified Y instructors in a relaxed atmosphere that promotes fun and friendship. The CDC recognizes the national evidence-based physical activity program as particularly safe and effective for older adults living with arthritis. The CDC also designated EnhanceFitness as a Fall Prevention Program in 2017.
For 16 weeks, EnhanceFitness participants meet three times a week for an hour, where they experience aerobic workouts, strength training, stretching and balance work. For more information, click here, contact EnhanceFitness@tampaymca.org or stop by the Bob Sierra Y, Campo Y, East Pasco Y, Plant City Y or the South Tampa Y.
Above: This delightful group of Campo Y SilverSneakers serves as proof that you are never too old (or too young) to participate in activities that can enrich your physical, mental and emotion well-being.