Fitness Archives - South Sound YMCA

By Lesli Baker

You may know that dancing can help elevate your mood—but a promising body of scientific research shows that dance has the power to lift our spirits thanks to hormones that are released in our brains when we rhythmically bop our limbs around. Dancing releases dopamine, oxytocin, serotonin, and endorphins, all neurotransmitters and hormones in your brain that are commonly linked with happiness and well-being.  Letting your body flow can also be a therapeutic experience. It can help you release pent up aggression, stress, and even body image issues.  

There are so many wonderful and beneficial reasons to dance! And here at the Y, we have so many Group Exercise classes that give us the benefits that dance has to offer!

  • RIZZMIC Rizzmic® uses the most beloved music and dance styles from the last century of American culture to create a high intensity dance fitness experience unlike any other. Seamlessly blending fitness with truly stylized dance, Rizzmic® hits each big craze on the map, from Disco and Hip Hop to Country and Jazz! Instructors use the most popular dance styles in every genre from the 1920’s to now, pulling a massive variety of movement into a fun all-American theme. 
  • COMMIT COMMIT Dance Fitness is a dance experience and so much more! Instructors are committed to creating a fun and healthy experience by combining different genres of music and styles of dance while incorporating essential fitness elements. COMMIT is a dynamic, fun-filled HIIT-style (high-intensity interval training) dance workout. Each routine focuses on essential fitness elements created to a variety of popular music, from all over the world, that will inspire everyone to get moving 
  • NIA Nia is a sensory-based movement practice that draws from martial arts, dance arts, and healing arts. It empowers people of all shapes and sizes by connecting the body, mind, emotions, and spirit. Classes are taken barefoot to soul-stirring music in more than 45 countries. Nia draws from tai chi, Taekwondo, aikido, jazz dance, modern dance and more! 
  • ZUMBA Zumba takes the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you will see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance, and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class. 

Pick YOUR version of joy with a class today  – and join us to get dancing at the Y!

Exercise late in life can help you live longer

Steve Messman, one of our YMCA personal trainers, has always said in many of his videos and to all of his personal training clients: “It doesn’t make any difference how old we are. It doesn’t make any difference what condition we are in. We can all start somewhere, and we can all get stronger.” The Active Grandparent Hypothesis bears that out. We human beings were made to be active. We were made to be active well into our old age. We need to be as active as possible in order to live longer and healthier lives.

Judy is 80 years old. But guess what! She is definitely not ready to quit. Judy knows that a person can be active at any age; a person can be healthy at any age. Exercise, regardless of what you are able to do, is essential to a person’s well-being.  Don’t be ashamed that you can’t do twenty pushups or a half dozen pullups.  Just know that the best thing you can do is to be consistent in your efforts to get out there and try. Work within your capabilities. Do what you can. Before long, “what you can” becomes more, longer, farther, easier. Judy is living proof. We should all be following her perfect example.

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Let’s Talk Healthy Fats! 

By Lesli Baker 

My name is Lesli Baker, and I am the Health and Well Being Coordinator for the South Sound YMCA!

I am a Certified Nutritional Therapist and Movement Therapist as well as a Yoga Instructor, specializing in Trauma Sensitive Movement Therapy.

One of my biggest passions is also exploring, reading, and researching new and interesting ways to use food and nutrition to help to maintain and promote good health and well-being. When it comes to eating healthy and delicious, the possibilities are endless!

 

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Exercise late in life can help you live longer

Physical activity or exercise can improve your health and reduce the risk of developing several diseases like type 2 diabetes, cancer and cardiovascular disease. Physical activity and exercise can have immediate and long-term health benefits. Most importantly, regular activity can improve your quality of life.

Steve Messman, one of our YMCA personal trainers, has always said in many of his videos and to all of his personal training clients: “It doesn’t make any difference how old we are. It doesn’t make any difference what condition we are in. We can all start somewhere, and we can all get stronger.” The Active Grandparent Hypothesis bears that out. We human beings were made to be active. We were made to be active well into our old age. We need to be as active as possible in order to live longer and healthier lives.  Lisa, the subject of this video, is living proof. She knows she is getting older, and she is doing everything she can to stay as healthy as possible for as long as possible. Lisa works hard at staying healthy. She breathes deep and fast during her routines, and she even sweats a little. We should all be following her great example.

 

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Kick off your New Year’s health & fitness goals at the Y!

Join us on New Year’s Day at the Y to launch your 2022 fitness goals. The Y’s group exercise instructors will help you start the year off right with a variety of 45-minute classes all day!

Visit our Classes and Schedules page to view our class schedule for the day.

This event is included in a YMCA Facility Membership. Non-members are required to purchase a day pass.