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For people with balance problems or who suffer with the chronic pain of arthritis, there is a new program now offered at YMCAs in Volusia County.
Known as EnhanceFitness, YMCAs have introduced the program after earning a grant from the national YMCA organization.
The program's exercises use strapped-on wrist and ankle weights plus focus on flexibility and balance. The exercises occur after an initial 30-minute "dancing to the oldies" cardio routine.
Research shows that physical activity performed on a regular basis will reduce pain, improve function, elevate mood and delay onset of disabilities.
"The program began in Seattle in the 1990s," said Colleen Ussia, a certified EnhanceFitness instructor for the YMCAs. "Clinical studies validate measureable results in improved strength and movement," she said. "Participants undergo a simple evaluation before beginning the program. This measures upper and lower body strength, agility and balance. This provides a baseline against which to measure improvement at the end of the 16-week program. Participants then evaluate themselves and report on how they feel relative to their original goals."
The program, which has developed a nationwide following, is offered at Family YMCA centers in Ormond Beach, Port Orange, DeLand, Edgewater and Deltona. The program is free to YMCA members and $25 per month for non-members.
While there are no age requirements for participation, most participants are 60 or older. The program serves men and women, although it has served more women in its first year.
For more information, visit vfymca.org.