Fun, friends and fitness at the Y

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's possible to have fun while enhancing your fitness level. In fact, Marcia Huibers of the Flamborough Family YMCA takes that thought a bit further. "People have got to enjoy themselves to come back," she maintains.

Huibers can point to several examples where that's exactly the case. Whether it be the Y's popular aquafit program or its family karate classes, the one common denominator is that participants are having fun. At the same time, they're keeping fit.

While promoting physical activity is the Y's main focus, there are a number of side benefits that go along with its many programs. For many of the adult seniors who have recently discovered the facility with Huibers' help, socializing with others is a big draw. But once they register for line dancing, yoga, aquafit and new seniors-geared exercise programs such as Aqua Ease and Keep Moving, it isn't long before they notice the physical benefits.

Participants in the programs not only experience the benefits of increased fitness but also discover that exercise sharpens the mind, and increases self-esteem and confidence. It's all part of the Y's emphasis on spirit, mind and body.

The introduction of line dancing and the Keep Moving program last year led to a spike in seniors' participation in local Y programs, with 109 seniors (age 65 and up) signing up early last year compared to 56 in 2004.

While some programs tend to attract seniors more than others, programs at the Flamborough Y are inclusive of all, Huibers said. "There really is something for everybody regardless of age, ability or fitness level," she noted.

Since taking on the job of adult outreach program coordinator last February, Huibers has made numerous contacts and partnerships in the community to increase awareness of Y programs. She has visited the Waterdown Legion, the Antrim Glen community, and local retirement residences to find out what type of programs would appeal to seniors. She is also working with Shelley Scott of Flamborough Information and Community Services (FICS) and Marian Kennedy of Volunteer Flamborough, as well as representatives of the Seniors Activation Maintenance (SAM) program in Waterdown to learn more about the needs of the community.

Area residents interested in testing the programs before signing on can get free day-passes to the Y at FICS in the Flamborough Municipal Service Centre in Waterdown.

Youth and adults with disabilities are also being encouraged to look at the array of programs available to them at the Y. Clients of CHOICES, a Flamborough-based organization which provides support for developmentally disabled adults, already take part in a number of Y activities, including basketball, floor hockey and swimming.

"The Y is a family facility, not a club," Huibers stressed. "People can sign on, come and go as they please (at the Y) and cancel at anytime without a hassle."

Inability to pay is not a factor in membership as funding is available to those in need. The assistance program is there and is supported by fundraisers, such as the upcoming Spinathon being organized by the Y this spring.

The Flamborough Family YMCA, now in its fifth year, is heralding 2006 with "some exciting new programs," Dale Rowe, manager of adult services said. Among these are ballroom dancing and danceTONE, open to members and non-members alike.

Registered classes kick off the start of next week. Those wanting a preview of the dance classes are invited to a free demonstration at the Y this Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

Line dancing is returning for another year and is being offered at new, more convenient times. Also back are aquafit, the Keep Moving program, yoga, and aerobics classes.

It promises to be an active year at the Y and Huibers and other Y personnel expect to see a lot of new faces added to the 5,200-strong membership.

"It's not about selling memberships; it's about promoting wellness," Huibers stressed.

More information available in the winter program guide, now at the front desk in the Parkside Drive facility.

Fun, friends and fitness at the Y

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's possible to have fun while enhancing your fitness level. In fact, Marcia Huibers of the Flamborough Family YMCA takes that thought a bit further. "People have got to enjoy themselves to come back," she maintains.

Huibers can point to several examples where that's exactly the case. Whether it be the Y's popular aquafit program or its family karate classes, the one common denominator is that participants are having fun. At the same time, they're keeping fit.

While promoting physical activity is the Y's main focus, there are a number of side benefits that go along with its many programs. For many of the adult seniors who have recently discovered the facility with Huibers' help, socializing with others is a big draw. But once they register for line dancing, yoga, aquafit and new seniors-geared exercise programs such as Aqua Ease and Keep Moving, it isn't long before they notice the physical benefits.

Participants in the programs not only experience the benefits of increased fitness but also discover that exercise sharpens the mind, and increases self-esteem and confidence. It's all part of the Y's emphasis on spirit, mind and body.

The introduction of line dancing and the Keep Moving program last year led to a spike in seniors' participation in local Y programs, with 109 seniors (age 65 and up) signing up early last year compared to 56 in 2004.

While some programs tend to attract seniors more than others, programs at the Flamborough Y are inclusive of all, Huibers said. "There really is something for everybody regardless of age, ability or fitness level," she noted.

Since taking on the job of adult outreach program coordinator last February, Huibers has made numerous contacts and partnerships in the community to increase awareness of Y programs. She has visited the Waterdown Legion, the Antrim Glen community, and local retirement residences to find out what type of programs would appeal to seniors. She is also working with Shelley Scott of Flamborough Information and Community Services (FICS) and Marian Kennedy of Volunteer Flamborough, as well as representatives of the Seniors Activation Maintenance (SAM) program in Waterdown to learn more about the needs of the community.

Area residents interested in testing the programs before signing on can get free day-passes to the Y at FICS in the Flamborough Municipal Service Centre in Waterdown.

Youth and adults with disabilities are also being encouraged to look at the array of programs available to them at the Y. Clients of CHOICES, a Flamborough-based organization which provides support for developmentally disabled adults, already take part in a number of Y activities, including basketball, floor hockey and swimming.

"The Y is a family facility, not a club," Huibers stressed. "People can sign on, come and go as they please (at the Y) and cancel at anytime without a hassle."

Inability to pay is not a factor in membership as funding is available to those in need. The assistance program is there and is supported by fundraisers, such as the upcoming Spinathon being organized by the Y this spring.

The Flamborough Family YMCA, now in its fifth year, is heralding 2006 with "some exciting new programs," Dale Rowe, manager of adult services said. Among these are ballroom dancing and danceTONE, open to members and non-members alike.

Registered classes kick off the start of next week. Those wanting a preview of the dance classes are invited to a free demonstration at the Y this Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

Line dancing is returning for another year and is being offered at new, more convenient times. Also back are aquafit, the Keep Moving program, yoga, and aerobics classes.

It promises to be an active year at the Y and Huibers and other Y personnel expect to see a lot of new faces added to the 5,200-strong membership.

"It's not about selling memberships; it's about promoting wellness," Huibers stressed.

More information available in the winter program guide, now at the front desk in the Parkside Drive facility.

Fun, friends and fitness at the Y

News Nov 22, 2006 Flamborough Review

It's possible to have fun while enhancing your fitness level. In fact, Marcia Huibers of the Flamborough Family YMCA takes that thought a bit further. "People have got to enjoy themselves to come back," she maintains.

Huibers can point to several examples where that's exactly the case. Whether it be the Y's popular aquafit program or its family karate classes, the one common denominator is that participants are having fun. At the same time, they're keeping fit.

While promoting physical activity is the Y's main focus, there are a number of side benefits that go along with its many programs. For many of the adult seniors who have recently discovered the facility with Huibers' help, socializing with others is a big draw. But once they register for line dancing, yoga, aquafit and new seniors-geared exercise programs such as Aqua Ease and Keep Moving, it isn't long before they notice the physical benefits.

Participants in the programs not only experience the benefits of increased fitness but also discover that exercise sharpens the mind, and increases self-esteem and confidence. It's all part of the Y's emphasis on spirit, mind and body.

The introduction of line dancing and the Keep Moving program last year led to a spike in seniors' participation in local Y programs, with 109 seniors (age 65 and up) signing up early last year compared to 56 in 2004.

While some programs tend to attract seniors more than others, programs at the Flamborough Y are inclusive of all, Huibers said. "There really is something for everybody regardless of age, ability or fitness level," she noted.

Since taking on the job of adult outreach program coordinator last February, Huibers has made numerous contacts and partnerships in the community to increase awareness of Y programs. She has visited the Waterdown Legion, the Antrim Glen community, and local retirement residences to find out what type of programs would appeal to seniors. She is also working with Shelley Scott of Flamborough Information and Community Services (FICS) and Marian Kennedy of Volunteer Flamborough, as well as representatives of the Seniors Activation Maintenance (SAM) program in Waterdown to learn more about the needs of the community.

Area residents interested in testing the programs before signing on can get free day-passes to the Y at FICS in the Flamborough Municipal Service Centre in Waterdown.

Youth and adults with disabilities are also being encouraged to look at the array of programs available to them at the Y. Clients of CHOICES, a Flamborough-based organization which provides support for developmentally disabled adults, already take part in a number of Y activities, including basketball, floor hockey and swimming.

"The Y is a family facility, not a club," Huibers stressed. "People can sign on, come and go as they please (at the Y) and cancel at anytime without a hassle."

Inability to pay is not a factor in membership as funding is available to those in need. The assistance program is there and is supported by fundraisers, such as the upcoming Spinathon being organized by the Y this spring.

The Flamborough Family YMCA, now in its fifth year, is heralding 2006 with "some exciting new programs," Dale Rowe, manager of adult services said. Among these are ballroom dancing and danceTONE, open to members and non-members alike.

Registered classes kick off the start of next week. Those wanting a preview of the dance classes are invited to a free demonstration at the Y this Saturday at 9:15 a.m.

Line dancing is returning for another year and is being offered at new, more convenient times. Also back are aquafit, the Keep Moving program, yoga, and aerobics classes.

It promises to be an active year at the Y and Huibers and other Y personnel expect to see a lot of new faces added to the 5,200-strong membership.

"It's not about selling memberships; it's about promoting wellness," Huibers stressed.

More information available in the winter program guide, now at the front desk in the Parkside Drive facility.