Wednesday, May 30, is National Senior Health & Fitness Day! The North Penn YMCA, along with over 100,000 people at more than 1,000 locations will participate in events with the common goal of promoting health and fitness for mature adults. Each of our branches, located in Lansdale and Harleysville, will be holding separate events to celebrate National Senior Health and Fitness Day. The Lansdale branch will be celebrating on May 16! The Indian Valley branch will be celebrating on May 29!
Lansdale Area branch:
Thursday, May 16 from 9:00am to 12:00pm
Celebrate National Senior Fitness Day! Open to the community! Free fitness assessments, special Silver Sneakers Classic class, blood pressure checks, nutritionists, vendors, snacks and giveaways. CarFIT presentation later in the afternoon. Contact Mary Levenberg for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 215 368-1601, ext. 233.
Indian Valley branch:
Wednesday, May 29 at 11:30am
The Indian Valley Family YMCA will celebrate National Senior Fitness Day with a fitness walk in the park at Franconia Park, 671 Allentown Road in Franconia, followed by a picnic lunch. The fee is $6 per person for a picnic lunch provided by Generations of Indian Valley with drinks and dessert, provided by the Peter Becker Community and Arbour Square. Register at the Membership Desk at the Y. Contact Alicia Fergus at 215 723-3569, ext. 115 for details.
The premise of this nationwide celebration is based on the fact that with increasing age comes inevitable body changes. Exercise can prevent or delay diseases and increased metabolism can slow down weight gain. Increased exercise can also keep muscles and bones strong, therefore reducing the risk of osteoporosis, bone fractures, and other injuries.
This helps keep seniors more independent, in their homes longer, and able to complete their daily tasks. Other than physical benefits, exercise can improve brain health by improving cognition and reducing the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
The North Penn YMCA shares this same belief and therefore offers a variety of Active Older Adult (AOA) programs and activities. These programs stimulate both body and mind, and also increase self-confidence and sense of achievement while building relationships and celebrating the success and milestones of other older adults within a supportive community. Find a program for you!