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Today, older adults are more health conscious than ever before. That is why; the YMCA offers water exercise, yoga, walking clubs stretching and toning classes, volunteer opportunities, and social events. Our Senior programs are designed for men and women in their 50s and older and promote fitness and well-being while fostering friendships and camaraderie. Our volunteer opportunities and social events help build lasting relationships and community ties that last a lifetime.
Each YMCA of Austin branch offers different programming, so check the location nearest you for current information. Programs are open to members and non-members. Download the YMCA mobile app for schedules on the go!
At the YMCA we've made the health and fitness of our seniors a top priority by providing programs for the spirit, mind and body. Through group exercise classes and aquatic programs that concentrate on mobility and flexibility, dance classes, social events, and volunteer activities, the YMCA is bringing Seniors together for camaraderie, fellowship and fun. Most Seniors programs are free for Y members.
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Open to persons with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia, this once-a-week respite program is currently offered by the TownLake YMCA. Geared toward relatively active individuals, the YMCA Senior Retreat enables participants to enjoy aquatic fitness, dancing, crafts, restorative yoga, spinning, strengthening and stretching and more. Music is also incorporated into every “retreat” as well, be it a musical guest or just an informal sing-a-long.
All classes are taught by Y fitness staff, and informal activities are run by community volunteers. The TownLake Senior Retreat meets every Friday from 11am-2pm. The fee is $10 per Friday, which includes lunch. YMCA membership is not required. During this time the caregivers will be able to run errands, exercise, meet with other caregivers, etc.
For participant and volunteer information, please contact Mashariki Cannon at 512-542-9622 or email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come on in, the water's fine! Adults looking to challenge themselves without stress on their joints or members who just enjoy the water can take advantage of our different water exercise classes. Instructors lead small groups through water aerobics, core strengthening and much more. Gain muscle conditioning and cardiovascular endurance from the aeorobic choreography and the resistance of the water. Ideal for all fitness levels & non-swimmers. Water Exercise classes are FREE for Y members!
Stretch. Breathe. Focus. Feel better. Millions of people do yoga because they love what it does for the mind, body, and spirit. Hundreds of free classes weekly!
An exercise discipline that dates back to ancient India, yoga involves moving the body through a series of positions and stretches, while focusing on breathing or specific thoughts. The practice delivers unique and vital benefits which include increased energy levels, lower blood pressure, improved memory, better balance and sense of calm.
Are you ready to party yourself into shape? Zumba® is an exhilarating, effective, easy-to-follow, Latin-inspired, calorie-burning class that’s moving millions of people toward joy and health.
When participants see a Zumba class in action, they can’t wait to give it a try. Zumba classes feature exotic rhythms set to high-energy Latin and international beats. Before participants know it, they’re getting fit and their energy levels are soaring! It’s easy to do, effective and totally exhilarating, often building a deep-rooted community among returning students.
- Physical activity reduces risk of heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
- Physical activity helps reduce pain.
- Exercise helps increase muscular strength, flexibility and balance.
- Physically active people have fewer symptoms of depression.
- Physical Activity = Longer Life!
"The Hays Communities Y has made a huge difference in my life. I joined in 2009 and recently celebrated - truly celebrated - my 60th birthday, in large part as a result of an exercise regimen that keeps me feeling energetic and vibrant and gives me a great BMI for a woman my age."
Paula Marks, Hays Communities Y Member