Y seeks seniors for national fitness study

  • Greenfield YMCA exterior front Recorder/Paul Franz

Published: 1/1/2017 11:12:01 PM

GREENFIELD — The YMCA in Greenfield has received a grant from Y-USA to do an elders fitness study based on the group exercise class called Enhance Fitness. The study will run eight weeks from Jan. 9 through March 3.

Jayne Trosin, YMCA fitness and social responsibility director, said, “Enhance Fitness classes are one hour long and meet Monday, Wednesday and Friday at noon. Each class will consist of equal components of aerobics, strength training, flexibility and balance to enhance the participant’s daily lives.”

Trosin added, “We are looking for 25 seniors to be part of the study. Study participants will fill out pre- and post- surveys as well as completing some simple fitness assessments pre- and post- program. All Greenfield Y data will be sent to Y-USA as part of their national fitness study. There is no fee to be part of the study.”

The participants must agree to attend at least two out of three classes offered each week for eight weeks. Study participants can register by calling Trosin at 413-773-3646, ext. 448.

Dawn Dorsey, YMCA health and wellness director, said, “It has been proven that seniors who do not exercise three or more days per week get in a downward spiral of energy, strength and health. This can be turned around.”

Dorsey added, “Jan. 9 to 13, the YMCA is offering a free week for people ages 50 and over to try the YMCA between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day. People can lap swim, use the Jacuzzi, weight room or cardio center, or try a variety of group exercise classes.”

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