Laughter, potluck snacks, and fresh coffee are the mid-morning, sounds, sights and smells at the YMCA of Honolulu’s Leeward Y Branch, in the heart of Waipahu. Comfortable chairs and tables in the brightly lit community lounge host yummy potlucks, spirited board games, craft activities and friendly socializing. This “reward” time follows senior health and fitness programs, carefully designed for every age and ability. What’s popular? Aerobics in the heated pool are easy on the joints. Zumba Gold and tai chi maintain cardio health and balance. Ai-chi is the best of both worlds — tai chi class in our heated pool!
Seniors also love our newest classes — MOSSA Group Power™ and Enhanced Fitness.™ These fun, high-energy group exercise classes provide a very efficient workout at every pace and level. Motivated by great music, up-beat instructors and positive physical results, seniors excel in these classes.
For those suffering from arthritis, evidencebased Enhanced Fitness is designed to help reduce painful symptoms. Seniors see improved strength, mobility and agility — all while having fun and making new friends. One senior’s physical therapist asked what she was doing. He was amazed at how much flexibility she gained in her spine!
The Y offers special senior membership rates and financial assistance based on income. Some Medicare plans offer a free Y membership as a benefit. All new memberships include a complete orientation and one free personal guided workout with a trainer. Call for more information.