20 new ways to improve your health and wellness

We’re always looking for new and innovative ways to fulfill the Y mission, and 2018 was no exception. Here are just a few new ways Central Indiana residents can now get stronger and healthier at the YMCA.

New Programs

  1. 8 year olds
    8-year-olds can do cardio in the Wellness Center with family members

    8-year-olds in Wellness Center – To combat childhood obesity and encourage families to work out together, we lowered the age for using the cardio equipment from 11 to 8. At age 11, kids can use strength machines and at age 14, the free weight area. We’ve also just introduced Healthy Weight & Your Child this year.

  2. Moving for Better Balance – One-hour classes of Tai Chi-based movements were modified to help prevent older adults from falling. Seniors meet two times a week to improve their strength, flexibility and mobility as well as self-esteem.
  3. YMCA Swim Club – New to the national YMCA competitive league, our Swim Club is growing fast! Youth ages 5 to 19 can join one of five swim teams: Benjamin Harrison YMCA Barracudas, Fishers YMCA Sharks, Irsay Family YMCA Otters, Jordan YMCA Mussels, and the Ransburg YMCA Rays to learn the value of discipline and being on a team.
  4. Chronic Disease Prevention at Little Red Door Cancer Agency – The Y now provides three evidence-based, chronic disease programs onsite for Little Red Door clients: Moving for Better Balance, Enhance®Fitness and LIVESTRONG® at the YMCA.
  5. Healthy Habits – Last year, we encouraged members to adopt a new Healthy Habit each month—drink water, eat fruits and veggies, do cardio, lift weights, sleep, and be happy—for six months, and shared the campaign with 17 YMCAs nationwide. And you can still adopt these Healthy Habits!
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    Y swim team at practice

    Togetherhood – Members at the Hendricks Regional Health YMCA are doing projects to serve kids, seniors and veterans in Wayne Township, Avon, Brownsburg and Plainfield, and they’d love to have more volunteers.

  7. F.I.T. Fun Inclusive Training – Volunteers worked out with a Special Olympic athlete “buddy” for 45 minutes a week for 12 weeks at the Irsay Family YMCA in partnership with Special Olympics Indiana. Let us know if you’d like to get involved!

New Classes

These are just a few of new classes we added last year. Check out the Y’s programs and activities and group exercise and pool schedules to see what’s happening near you.

  1. small group training
    Git fit, stay motivated with Small Group Training

    Small Group T.E.A.M. Training – Now offered at 11 YMCAs, this fun circuit-style training is an effective way to get fit and stay motivated. Explosive sessions are led by trainers for groups of 6 to 12 in a supportive T.E.A.M. environment so they can Train with Effort, Attitude and Mission.

  2. Les Mills™ – Love Les Mills Body Pump? We’ve added more options from the hugely popular Les Mills program, such as Virtual training at the YMCA at the City Market and RPM and Cycle at other centers.
  3. Zumbini – For children ages 0-4 and their caregivers, Zumbini at the Jordan YMCA combines music, dance and educational tools for 45 minutes of bonding fun.
  4. Fit Float – This Yoga-style class on floating mats in the Irsay Family YMCA at CityWay pool strengthens core and improves posture and balance.
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    Kids at Y camp

    Bike Day Camp – Bike safety is important, so we added Bike Camp for kids at the YMCA at the City Market. Campers get to explore downtown and learn how to navigate in an urban setting. Sign up for the 2019 program and check out all of this year’s Summer Day Camps!

  6. Lacrosse – This popular sport is now available at the Ransburg Y with help from a startup grant. It’s also one of dozens of summer sports camp options.
  7. Adult Learn to Swim – The first free Adult Learn to Swim session ever at the Jordan YMCA was at capacity last spring.  Teen and adult swim lessons are available or you can schedule private lessons if you prefer one-on-one instruction.

New Events

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Inaugural YMCA World Fest on Monument Circle

Here’s a sampling of new events we added last year, and nearly all of them are open to the community. Check the Y’s year-round calendar of events to see what’s happening near you.

  1. Freedom 5K at the Benjamin Harrison YMCA
  2. YMCA World Fest on Monument Circle
  3.  YMCA at the City Market was added as a stop on Indiana Sports Corp’s Indy Ultimate and will be again this year
  4. Colts Cheerleading Camp
  5. YOGA with Bunnies, Puppies and in the Catacombs  – namaste!
  6. Spark! Fishers 5K

We’ve already announced a new event this year, too. Have you ever done a Virtual 5K? Now you can! A virtual race option is now available for all of the Inspire Indy 5K Series races, including the Downtown Indy Ys Virtual 5K through May 31.

But that’s not all!

Last year was truly monumental. You can read about more of the Y’s programs in the community and major milestones in the  2018 Community Impact Report, like the Salute sculpture unveiling, OrthoIndy Foundation YMCA opening and some truly amazing member accomplishments. And find out how more kids went to camp and got books, backpacks and basketballs in their hands, instead of devices.

Don’t wait

This is your cue to get moving. No matter what your age, fitness level or health condition, the Y has the fun to help you get fit and stay fit!