The Family YMCA Encourages Return To Routines In 2021

The Family YMCA spinning class aids in the physical and mental health of members. Courtesy/YMCA

The Family YMCA is encouraging members and the community as a whole to think about their physical and mental health in 2021 and find routines that get them moving and keep them healthy. Courtesy/YMCA

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A New Year is always filled with the promise of positive change and promises to oneself, and following the events of 2020, there is even more anticipation and hope for what 2021 will bring.

“As our community continues to recover from the various ways we have all been impacted by COVID-19, we are encouraging our members and the community as a whole to think about their physical and mental health in 2021,” said The Family YMCA’s CEO Chris Daniels. “We understand and appreciate caution. We want people to know that we’re here when you’re ready, and that your safety is our top priority. Whether it’s your morning yoga or your lunchtime workout, we are encouraging children and adults alike to find routines that get you moving and keep you healthy.”

Y Wellness Director Emily Schmidt said physical activity is critical for physical health. She said that research suggests higher levels of physical activity may also help alleviate negative mental health symptoms, and that the Y can help with getting physical activity routines back into your daily routine through both in-person and virtual classes.

Since COVID-19, The Family YMCA has made extensive efforts to ensure the health and safety of members using our facility, Daniels said.

This includes:

  • Health screenings and temperatures taken for staff, volunteers, and members upon entry;
  • Requiring masks be worn at all times;
  • Offering hand sanitizer and other sanitization equipment throughout the Y;
  • Hourly high-touch area cleaning and disinfection,
  • Improved air filtration systems;
  • Limiting group exercise class sizes, and
  • Minimizing the number people in the facility.

Daniels said the Y is operating at less than 25 percent capacity and is under the state’s “Red” category recommendations. He said the Y always has staff on site when open to assure that these practices that keep everyone safe are being followed.

Schmidt said the Y recognizes that not everyone is ready to return to the Y facilities yet. 

“We have expanded our virtual offerings to include Zumba, Barre, Gold Barre, Silver Sneakers Classic, Core and More, Gentle Yoga and Stretching,” she said.

In-person classes, according to Schmidt, include a new Cardio Kickboxing class at 6 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Cycling, Power Up, Strength Training and Step. 

“The Y is working to make sure all our members have options that fit their lifestyle and comfort level,” Schmidt said.

To learn more about the Y’s efforts to keep you healthy, active and safe, visit www.laymca.org.

Daniels said the Y continues to offer financial assistance scholarships to people who need help to be in Y programs, which includes membership and childcare.

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