For 10 years, Maxine Smith, 78, has been doing what many people in the region are just now hoping to scratch off their bucket list — establish an exercise routine.
Five times a week you’ll find Maxine working out at the Lima YMCA. She’s a regular at the Silver Sneakers class, where people age 40 and older use exercise balls and bands to work out.
“The class has helped get rid of my arthritis and allowed me to meet new people,” Smith said.
Area fitness centers have been extra busy this week with a flow of people looking to start their year off right. Some, like Maxine, are looking to continue their routine while others are just beginning. Each of them have something in common as they lift weights, use a treadmill or ride a stationary bike: They’re all finding exercise is good for long-term physical and mental health, giving them a more positive outlook on life.
The Lima YMCA has 8,000 members and provides more than 30 classes, according to YMCA Marketing Director Michelle Webken. Popular classes are body pump that is a full body barbel class, body combat that is similar to kickboxing, yoga, cycling classes and cardio and toning classes.
Establishing a successful fitness routine is all about setting realistic goals, said Romi Wisser, Lima Family YMCA group exercise manager.
“It’s getting to the gym more, making healthier eating choices and getting extra sleep at night and thinking about what our body needs,” Wisser said.
She said exercise helps with heart health and provides cardiovascular strength. Resistance training strengthens muscles and helps burn calories at a faster rate.
Alexa Miller, Anytime Fitness-Lima owner, said people have until Jan. 12 to join for $1. That includes a key fob fee and first months dues.
“January is a good time to look at the previous year and reflect on what went well and what you want to change with a fresh start looking at goals for 2020,” Miller said.
Anytime Fitness offers personal trainers who can provide specialized exercise plans to meet each of their clients’s needs. Every person who joins will receive a free fitness consultation with a personal trainer to assess fitness goals and how to reach them.
Miller said the center offers cardio and weight equipment, but also has a fitness studio and garage where group training is held. Virtual training is an option where members can use an Anytime Fitness app and receive personalized workout suggestions.
Putnam County YMCA started a 24/7 fitness center the beginning of December that has been a resounding success, according to Brian Barhorst, YMCA associate executive director. There have been 150 key fabs sold in less than two weeks.
“We see it busy in January with New Year’s resolutions and an even bigger influx explosion of membership in February,” Barhorst said.
Programs such as aerobics, athletic programs for children, yoga and cross training are available with a membership.
Barhorst advised people to start off working out a couple days of week. He said exercise helps with emotional, mental and physical wellness.
“One of the reasons people quit exercising is that their goals are out of reality and they hit a plateau,” Barhorst said.
Reach Jennifer Peryam at 567-242-0362.