Enhance®Fitness

Schedule

Caldwell YMCA: Mon, Wed, Fri, 1–2pm
Pre-registration open now. Program starts Monday, Jan 18.
Branch Contact: Candy Kober: 208 459 2498 ext 663

Downtown Boise YMCA: Mon, Wed, Fri, 1:15 – 2:15 pm
Pre-registration open now. Program starts Monday, Feb 1.
Branch Contact: Camille Cooper McCauley, 208 344 5502 ext 272

Tomlinson South Meridian YMCA: Mon, Wed, Fri, 8:10–9:10 am
Registration open now. Program in progress.
Branch Contact: April Kovalscik, 208 331 9622 ext 524

West Boise YMCA and Boise City Aquatic Center: Mon, Wed, Fri, 11am–12pm
Pre-registration opens January 4. Program starts Monday, Feb 1.
Branch Contact: Christine Kuzma, 208 377 9622 ext 433

Overview

Launching at your YMCA in January of 2021

Regular physical activity for the older adult population can help manage a number of illnesses, including high blood pressure, osteoporosis, heart disease, diabetes, and depression. Physical activity helps to decrease arthritic pain, delay the onset of disability, improve physical functioning and independence, enhance mood and quality of life, and improve aerobic and muscular strength.

Physical activity guidelines for Americans recommend that adults perform at least 150–300 (5 hrs.) a week of moderate-intensity activity. Additionally, this activity should include multi-components including balance training as well as aerobic and muscular strengthening exercises.

Each 1-hour class includes the following components:

This program helps people reclaim their health by targeting people diagnosed with a disease to reduce its negative impact and live well with or following a disease. Enhance®Fitness is one of the YMCA’s EBHI’s (Evidence-Based Health Interventions), meaning that the specific components and exercises in this program have been proven effective in a group exercise setting. This is part of what makes this program so unique! Enhance®Fitness has been found to benefit program participants in the following ways:

  • Maintain or improve cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, balance, and flexibility
  • Protects against falls and injuries*
  • Maintains or improves physical function**
  • Decreases Depression
  • Reduces medical care utilization cost+
  • Provides a social benefit@
  • Promotes a physically active lifestyle

Managed by Sound Generations in collaboration with the University of WA Health Promotion Research Center, this program is offered in over 450 sites nationally. Ongoing research is being done to show the effectiveness of Enhance®Fitness. Adhering to the protocol is essential for a successful program; this EBHI requires the following for participation:

  • Program registration packet
  • Baseline (at start of program) and Post (16 weeks) Functional Assessments
  • Commitment of attending class three times a week for 16 weeks

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*Presented @ 2003 Gerontological Society of America.
**Journal of Applied Gerontology (2006), 25(4):291-306. Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2003), 35(5): S195
+American Journal of Preventative Medicine (2003), 25(3):232-237. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society (2008), 56:1459-1465.
@Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (2004), 36(5): S193.