WITH the fitness trend surging ahead, it is easy to believe that the community is fitter and healthier than ever before.
Unfortunately, statistics show that this is not the case, particularly for people who don’t feel comfortable enough to walk into a 24-hour gym or expensive fitness club.
To help combat these odds, the Hobart YMCA has been developing a wide range of accessible health, wellbeing and fitness programs that suit all ages and abilities.
With five locations scattered around Hobart, including three in Glenorchy, the YMCA has the ability to prioritise community health and wellbeing and has seen great success with its Learn to Swim programs.
“As a community not-for-profit organisation, our goal is to provide everyone with the opportunity to be healthy and active,” YMCA chief executive officer Melissa Carlton said.
“We have a friendly, welcoming and supportive environment, which helps keep our members motivated and feel connected to one another.”
The YMCA Community and Recreation Centre, located in Glenorchy, offers a multi-room facility with a traditional “old school” fitness centre feel, a functional training zone and a large basketball stadium.
It also has programs and classes designed for all levels and groups of people from young children to those already possessing a high level of fitness, older adults, those overcoming injury or arthritis and those with a physical or intellectual disability.
Ms Carlton said that in the past year, the YMCA had expanded its fitness operations in the Glenorchy area to include water and land-based classes at the new Barossa Park YMCA Wellness Centre, located in Clydesdale Avenue.
“We welcome the community to drop into the Wellness Centre for a free tour,” she said.
“This is a year-round indoor facility that has generously been provided for the community by OneCare and the Sultan Family in memory of Salim Sultan.
“The facility includes two warm water pools, a group exercise studio and physiotherapy services.”
To open up fitness to different demographics, the YMCA is offering two new programs – the after-school Youth Fitness Program and the Veterans Program.
The Youth Fitness Program, which is partly self-funded, will allow students to access the facility at a low cost.
The Veterans Program includes a new concession membership that covers supervised small group training sessions related specifically to strength and cardiovascular fitness for mature bodies.
“Being a self-funded organisation, the YMCA provides many of its health and wellbeing programs at a low cost, which increases accessibility to all people,” Ms Carlton said.
“By being a part of your local YMCA, you are not only taking steps to improve your own health and wellbeing, but you are also helping the YMCA provide a range of programs to assist the local community.”