Health, Well-being & Fitness

Life has obstacles. Why not make a race out of it? That's exactly what Jesse did. See how coming into the Y with a positive attitude helped this guy go for the big win. This is his Y. His camera. His story.
Check out Jesse's races: Spartan Race & Warrior Dash
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Leslie Hejnal

YMCA of Greater New Orleans

"I Found the Energy to Play with My Kids Again."

Not everybody was born to run. But that hasn't stopped Leslie from getting back the energy she needed to spend quality time with her kids and family.
This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

Bill Walton

West End YMCA

"It Feels Like Getting a Brand New Body."

Just hearing Bill talk with friends and listening to his infectious laugh is enough to bring this community together. Find out why when he's in the water, "it feels like heaven." This is his Y. His camera. His story. 

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Signora Mason

Thelma Lovette YMCA

"Go Me! Go Me! Go Me!"

Here's some advice from Signora Mason who joined a group spin class: "If you want it, you gotta push, and keep on." With the help of others, find out how her determination led to a healthier lifestyle. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story. 

Bev Waddell

Smith Mountain Lake YMCA

"Tai Chi Helps Me Keep My Life in Balance."

Bev Waddell's strengthening her core and balancing her step with one of the Y's martial arts programs. See who's in this active older adult's inner circle and the friends she's keep up with each day. This is her Y. Her camera. Her story.

At the Y, a supportive community is a big part of wellness. At every age and every level of activity, you’ll find people just like you looking to live a little bit healthier. Members and program participants often cite the support and enthusiasm of fellow participants and staff as some of the key factors in their achievement of greater well-being. One member sums up her favorite class this way: “This is a great program, I’ve learned so much about how to eat healthier and I love the classes. I’m here 3 - 4 times a week now to work out and I love the new me!”

Group Physical Activity Classes

Ys offer classes for all ages, all levels and all interests. From low-impact exercise and chair classes, stretching and strength training, to indoor cycling, water exercise and yoga, you’ll find a group class that’s fun, supportive and keeps you moving.


Across the country, a growing number of Y associations offer Enhance®Fitness, 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 lives.


Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards

First lady Michelle Obama and the Partnership for a Healthier America (PHA) raised the call; the Y answered it. As part of our focus on developing healthy habits in kids, families and our communities, we have committed to adopting standards for healthy eating and physical activity (HEPA) in our early learning and afterschool programs.

Learn about our HEPA Standards

Healthy Lifestyles

Living healthy is about spirit, mind and body at every age and stage. Ys offer classes and programs for those dealing with chronic disease, joint and injury rehabilitation, stress and pregnancy, in addition to health assessments and wellness coaching.

Learn about our Diabetes Prevention Program

Learn about LIVESTRONG at the YMCA

Falls Prevention Risk Assessment

September 23 is National Falls Prevention Awareness Day. Join the Y, our partners, older adults, caregivers, families and healthcare professionals across the country in raising awareness of falls prevention. The following risk test will determine if you or someone you know is at risk for falls.

Download our Falls Prevention Risk Assessment

Personal Wellness Training

We all need the advice of an expert sometimes, as well as the personal attention that comes with a trainer or coach. Ys offer personal training and coaching to help you set and meet your specific goals in order to live healthier.

Water Activities

What would the Y be without water? Water exercise, adult swim lessons (it’s NEVER too late) and adapted exercise for those with disabilities or in rehabilitation are some of the water-based activities you’ll find at the Y, where we believe if you can do it on land, you can do some version of it in the water!

Safety Around Water

The YMCA’s Safety Around Water program can help you make sure they learn essential water safety skills, which can open up a world of possibilities for them to satisfy their curiosity safely.

Learn about Safety Around Water

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