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October events at the YMCA

October 9, 2018

October is here and we are saying goodbye to summer and hello to fall. Time for pumpkins, chilly fall football games, apple cider, Halloween parties and the beautiful fall colors. Bring on the fall activities! I have listed a few activities happening at the YMCA this October.

Fitness Class Launch - Oct. 15 – 20. During this week, ALL fitness classes are free to non-members. If you are a non-member and would like to try a fitness class during this week, you will need to stop at the front desk to check in. Non-members will be given a special card during class which in return is used to waive the $45 joiners fee if you choose to become a member during this special week.

Water transition class - This is something new that we are trying this year. Classes can be very intimidating. This class is designed to help you get ready for our water classes. It is a small group and there is more one on one attention. Our first session is Oct. 2 – Oct. 30 from 10:15 to 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. It isn’t too late to sign up!

Youth Strength Training – Our next class will be Oct. 20. This is a program designed for youth 11-14 in age and is designed to teach them the principles of weightlifting and how to use machines on the Wellness Floor. After passing the course, youth will receive a special shirt to be worn when using the wellness floor, using the track and going to fitness classes. Sign up at the front desk.

Diabetes Awareness Day – Columbus Community Hospital is hosting its 15th Annual Diabetes Awareness Day from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Columbus Wellness Center. Learn more about diabetes and how to control it.

Join Tai Chi – We are at the beginning of our Chair Tai Chi class. What is Tai Chi? Tai Chi is an ancient Chinese tradition that today is practiced as a graceful form of exercise. It involves a series of movements performed in a slow, focused manner and accompanied by deep breathing. Tai Chi is low impact and puts minimal stress on muscles and joints, making it generally safe for all ages and fitness levels. The class at the YMCA is called eight moves for Better Balance. In your beginner class, you will learn the eight moves. The program is intended for older adults aged 60 and older. This session started Oct. 2 – 25th, T/Th at 1:45 p.m. Members cost is $10 and non-members $30. We also have a review class for people that have been through the beginner class. The review class is Wednesdays at 11–11:45 a.m., Oct. 3 – Oct. 31. Members cost is $6 and non-members $20.

New Move for Life class (Step 1) – This class is a basic class for members who want aerobics and weight exercises with handheld weights. Chairs are an option in this class and can be used the entire class time. This class is perfect for beginning exercisers. Goals of this class is to increase muscular strength, range of motion and activities for daily living.

The YMCA Halloween Bus is coming Oct. 31! More details to follow.

Rachele Eller is the wellness coordinator at Columbus Family YMCA.

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