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Something for everyone at the YMCA

January 6, 2019

We are just starting a special time of year - a new year …. a clean slate …. a fresh start. What can I do better in 2019? Very popular New Year’s resolutions are “I want to be healthier this year,” “I want to be more fit,” or “I want to exercise more.” I love seeing the new faces at the Y this time of year, but I know it can be very scary coming to a new place, figuring out where everything is and maybe trying a new class. Here are some ways that the Y can help.

1. Make an appointment for a new equipment orientation. Let the staff at the Y help you with equipment you are interested in using. An appointment is the best way to make sure staff is available especially this time of year. We have lots of different cardio machines to use, low impact machines, arm-only cardio machines, stepmills and ladders, treadmills, ellipticals, bikes, aerdynes and more.

2. Learn about the pool. Working out doesn’t need to consist of just cardio machines or weight machines. The pool feels amazing on your joints. Lap swimming, water fitness classes, water walking are all great workouts.

3. We still have noon-ball basketball games Monday-Wednesday and Fridays, there is pickleball available in the gyms and there are basketball and volleyball leagues available to get your sweat on if you prefer the sports workout.

4. We offer a lot of fitness classes for people to try out. If you are just starting out, I would recommend our Stretching & Beyond Class, Move for Life, Spine Fit, or Ai Chi to name a few. A trainer could always take you back to a class and introduce you to an instructor if you would need that.

5. Bring a friend with you to work out. Things are always more fun in groups and you have someone to keep you accountable.

6. Remember to try two-three days a week starting out if exercise is new to you and remember you should still be able to carry on a conversation with someone as you work out.

7. Always remember to enjoy a little stretching or sauna/whirlpool time at the Y for some much needed “relax” time.

8. The Y has lockers that you can rent or ones open daily to use for free. I always recommend bringing a lock to lock your valuables up when you are working out.

9. The Y has wipes to disinfect your machines and sweat towels here for personal use.

10. The Y has a TV/DVD player if you want to use a studio to do your own workout during non-class time.

11. The track is also available to walk or run on during the whole year. Family track time from 4-5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m. Fridays 7-9pm or 4-5:30 p.m. Sundays.

If your goal this year does involve more exercise, let us help you. Here are a couple other reminders as you get started.

Y lose it – New Year’s Edition – For New People to the Y. Let us start your first three weeks off. Our goal is to teach you all the different components of exercise and make sure you know all the different options available at the Y. Starts Jan. 7.

Launch Week – Jan. 14 – 19. For Non-Members to try out a class, get a coupon after attending class to waive the joiner’s fee on a new membership.

Hundred Club - Try to complete 200 miles in running or walking, 400 miles in cycling or 100 miles swimming in a year at the Y and become part of the Hundred Club!

Jennifer K. Brownlow is the wellness director at the Columbus Family YMCA.

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