Health, Well-Being and Fitness

Ready, Sweat, Go! Break a sweat, chat with a friend, relax your mind, challenge your body, or reconnect and recharge! The Ann Arbor  YMCA offers hundreds of classes/week in the gym and in the pool: many of them are free with your membership!  We promise to help support you through every stage of life, regardless of age, physical ability, size or shape. We offer group exercise classes in the pool or in the studio for those who enjoy the encouragement of instructors and classmates as well as one-on-one instruction for those preferring a more personal setting (click here for more information on personal training).

The CDC says the benefits of physical exercise are as follows:

Regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can help:

If you're not sure about becoming active or boosting your level of physical activity because you're afraid of getting hurt, the good news is that moderate-intensity aerobic activity, like brisk walking, is generally safe for most people.

Start slowly. Cardiac events, such as a heart attack, are rare during physical activity. But the risk does go up when you suddenly become much more active than usual. For example, you can put yourself at risk if you don't usually get much physical activity and then all of a sudden do vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, like shoveling snow. That's why it's important to start slowly and gradually increase your level of activity.

If you have a chronic health condition such as arthritis, diabetes, or heart disease, talk with your doctor to find out if your condition limits, in any way, your ability to be active. Then, work with your doctor to come up with a physical activity plan that matches your abilities. What's important is that you avoid being inactive. Even 60 minutes a week of moderate-intensity aerobic activity is good for you.  The bottom line is - the health benefits of physical activity far outweigh the risks of getting hurt.  Please see the Disease Prevention and Management classes listed below.  

For more information about any of these classes, please contact Ben Richards, Director of Health and Wellness: brichards@annarborymca.org or 734.661.8052.

 

The hot links below will list classes available.  

Group Classes 

Includes listings for Aerobics and Conditioning, Dance and Nia, Feldenkrais, Martial Arts, Pilaates, Indoor Cycling and Yoga (both Iyengar and Vinyasa). 

Adult Swim Classes and Water Exercise

Includes listings for group and private or semi-private swim lessons, Active Older Adult Water Excercise (free!), Arthritis Exercise (free!), Aqua Aerobics (free!)  and information about Lifeguard and CPR classes

Health Management

Includes listings for  Arthritis Exercise, Blood Pressure Management, Livestrong at the YMCA, Moving for Better Balance, Pedaling for Parkinsons, and Diabetes Prevention Program.