(L–R) Cecilia, Gail and
Donna enjoy exercising
together at the Y. PC: YMCA

For new exercisers, the gym can be a daunting place. They may not be sure what to do or how to get started. That holds true even more so for kūpuna, who perhaps have not been to a gym in a long time — maybe not ever.

• The YMCA is an excellent place for new exercisers! In fact, 73% of YMCA of Honolulu members identified as health seekers, meaning they want to get healthy but struggled with how to do so and chose the Y for help.

Feeling good isn’t just about your physical well-being but also includes your spirit and mind. The Y helps kūpuna achieve this perfect balance by offering a large and varied selection of classes, activities and programs to promote overall wellbeing, so staying healthy is fun and never boring!

• The Y is here to guide and support. All new Y members get a free guided workout in order to make them feel more comfortable and confident using the equipment. Support continues with our fitness floor staff, who are always available to help members and answer any questions.

• Studies show that people who enjoy physical activity participate more frequently and consistently. There are hundreds of classes and activities to choose from at the Y. Y staff can recommend classes or activities that fit your interests and schedule so that you’re doing something you enjoy at a convenient time.

• Find a buddy! When you work with a partner, you’re more likely to feel motivated, try new things and stay consistent.

You can make friends at the Y through fitness classes, clubs, activities, or social sports such as pickleball or basketball. These are great ways to meet people with similar interests and goals who can support you on your journey to well-being.

Got a green thumb? The Y’s Garden Club at Mililani is great for sharing your gardening talents.

Love to craft? Play games? Participate in the Y’s Kupuna Food & Fun program, a recreational dining program that includes potlucks, lei making, painting and more!

• The Y is affordable. Many kupuna members get a free or reduced membership through their health plans. And thanks to generous donors, the Y also offers financial aid.

• Be my guest! Stop by any YMCA for a free week pass. You can also register for your free week online at bit.ly/FreeOneWeek, or call or email our Service Center at 808-678-4296 or info@ymcahonolulu.org.

YMCA OF HONOLULU (501(c) 3 nonprofit)
1441 Pali Hwy., Honolulu, HI 96813
808-678-4296 | info@ymcahonolulu.org