Enhance®Fitness is an evidence-based group exercise program that helps older adults at all levels of fitness become more active, energized, and empowered to sustain independent lives.
A full hour of fun, EnhanceFitness focuses on dynamic cardiovascular exercise, strength training, balance, and flexibility — everything older adults need to maintain health and function as they age, manage arthritis and reduce the risk of falls.
Across the country, a growing number of Y associations offer EnhanceFitness, an evidence-based group exercise program for older adults that uses simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active throughout their life.
Participants have experienced the following changes
- More energy
- Better balance
- Increases in upper body and lower body strength
- More flexibility and range of motion
- Better sleep
- More feelings of happiness
- Sense of independence
In addition to the physical benefits, research has shown that, among older adults who participate in EnhanceFitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000.
Our aim: To help you feel better
Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants. EnhanceFitness is geared toward older adults. Those with a chronic condition, such as arthritis, need not worry; they will never have to do anything that hurts. Participants can use chairs for support, if necessary, and increase the weight they use for strength training at their own pace.
EnhanceFitness welcomes older adults at all fitness levels. The program is especially beneficial for older adults living with arthritis.