ENHANCE®FITNESS at the YMCA
Treat your arthritis symptoms with this CDC recommended physical activity program. Scientific studies have shown that physical activity can reduce arthritic pain and improve mobility and balance for adults. Physical activity is also important for the management of other chronic conditions that are common among adults with arthritis, such as diabetes, heart disease, and obesity and can improve overall health and well-being.
From the beginning, ENHANCE®FITNESS has demonstrated measurable results. The pilot study began in 1993 at Northshore Senior Center in Bothell, WA and the response from participants was immediate and overwhelmingly positive. Even before the pilot study ended, participants were requesting to use the program as a permanent exercise activity at the center. Not only were the older adults excited about participating, but study measures showed that the group improved significantly in almost every dimension tested, from physical and social functioning to levels of pain and depression. The pilot results, published in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society, showed that the program significantly improved overall fitness and health. Originally designed to help older adults increase their physical activity and improve their function, adults of many ages are now participating in the program. There are over 800 licensed sites across the US currently.
In a group fitness setting, YMCA Certified Enhance®Fitness instructors focus on stretching, flexibility, balance, low impact aerobics, and strength training exercises. Classes meet for one hour, three times a week for 16 weeks. Pre- and Post-Assessments will be performed at the beginning and end of the program.
ADDITIONAL BENEFITS REPORTED BY PARTICIPANTS
Increases in upper body and lower body strength
More flexibility and range of motion
More feelings of happiness
Sense of independence
REDUCE HEALTHCARE COSTS
In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000.
DO I QUALIFY FOR THE PROGRAM?
Yes, if you have one or more of the following:
Would like to be more active and healthier
Would like to remove arthritis symptoms and increase mobility
Would like to make friends and have fun!
KEEP YOUR DOCTOR IN THE LOOP
Participation in Enhance®Fitness will result in tremendous health benefits. Please keep your doctor updated regularly about your participation, weight loss and any changes you experience to your health.