An active older woman in a white tank top and tawny shag haircut claps along in Enhance FItness class.

Did you know that arthritis impacts more than 50 million Americans, making it the number one cause of disability in the country? The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties is here to help, with an evidence-based group exercise program called Enhance®Fitness, designed for those with arthritis]. This program features simple, easy-to-learn movements that motivate individuals (particularly those with arthritis) to stay active and reclaim their health.

Some changes that past participants have noticed include:

  • More energy
  • Better balance
  • Increases in upper 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 Enhance®Fitness, health costs were lowered each year by close to $1,000.

Each class session includes cardiovascular, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises and the fostering of strong social relationships between participants. Enhance®Fitness 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.]

The YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties offers classes that you can sign up for when you're ready. For more information, please visit our dedicated Enhance®Fitness page.