Enhance® Fitness – Enhance<sup>®</sup>Fitness

Arthritis Control

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, US Department of Health and Human Services, US Department on Aging, and the National Council on Aging nationally recognize Enhance®Fitness. It is a proven senior fitness and arthritis control program. As a result, it helps older adults become more active, lively, and enabled for independent living.

Arthritis is an ailment of painful joint stiffness and inflammation. It affects nearly 5 million Americans. This includes about half of all adults over age 65 and a third to one-half of people living with chronic diseases. Regular low-intensity physical activity can reduce pain. Also, It can also improve functioning, elevate mood, and delay the onset of disability for individuals with arthritis. Almost half of adults with this chronic disease report being physically inactive.

The YMCA is reigning in its strengths in fitness instruction and relationship-building to address this widespread health issue. Enhance®Fitness is a program that is made up of three 60-minute classes per week. The class design safely increases participants’ fitness levels. It does this through aerobic and strength training exercises. They do this while building a sense of community and friendship among class members.

Studies show a 90% participant retention rate, 13% improvement in social functioning, 35% improvement in physical functioning, and 53% improvement in depression

Participants saw fewer hospital visits and $945 less in health care costs per year than non-participants. Both research studies and participating YMCAs have reported that building these connections and senses of community is one of the best things about class! This is in addition to the well-documented physical benefits of Enhance®Fitness.

Ready to get started?

Classes are available in Harrisburg, Camp Hill, and Elizabethville throughout the year. To learn more about this program and how to get involved, please contact Susan Jacobs at the YMCA Center for Healthy Living at 717-232-3751.

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