Arthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program
The Arthritis Foundation YMCA Aquatic Program (AFYAP) is designed for people who have limited joint motion, strength or cardio-respiratory function. The warm water and the gentle movements also help relieve pain and stiffness, while building strength in participants.
The Aquatic Program will help you:
- Reduce pain
- Decrease feelings of isolation through social interaction
- Gain strength and flexibility
- Improve your day-to-day life
The Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program was co-developed with the YMCA. Studies show individuals attending the classes have experienced:
- Less pain
- Improved joint function
- Increased muscle strength
- Better perceived quality of life and well-being
The AFYAP Program can be experienced in a group class setting. Led by certified instructors, the one-hour class meets two to three times per week, and is designed to be a fun, safe way for people with arthritis to exercise and stay fit.
The AFYAP program is available at our Northern Dauphin County and West Shore YMCA branches. Our certified aquatics instructors will provide safe and effective workouts for all participants. Visit your local YMCA Schedules page to find out when this program is available at a branch near you.