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YMCA presents ‘Live It! Love It!’ seminar

The Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County will host “Live It! Love It! Senior Wellness Celebration” on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Y, located at 1801 Richmond Avenue in Port Royal. The public is invited to join their choice of the Deep Water Hydrobics class starting at 10 a.m. or the “Fit Over Fifty” fitness class at 10:30 a.m. Then join certified personal trainer Bruce McCarthy for his seminar, “A Balancing Act: Fall Prevention and Stability” at 11:25 a.m., followed by music, light refreshments and more from 12:30 to 1 p.m. You do not need to be a member of the YMCA to attend.

Physical fitness for those age 50 and better is extremely important. Not only does regular exercise significantly decrease the chances of developing type two diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis, it is also an excellent way to banish the blues.

YMCA Wellness Director Denice Davis says, “When you exercise, your body releases endorphins which help to alleviate anxiety and sadness.” By exercising regularly, you can keep your weight down which means less stress on your knees, hips, and lower back.

“I’m inspired every day to see firsthand how exercise — no matter if it’s yoga, cardio, water aerobics or a combination — enhance the lives of our older Y members. Group exercise really encourages them to step out of their box and bring excitement and fun into their lives.” Davis added.

Research has also shown that exercise helps to lessen dementia and to improve memory as well.

During the stability class, led by Bruce McCarthy, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about the risks of falls, prevention, safety, and balance exercises. McCarthy holds specializations in both Senior Fitness and Weight Loss and is proficient in fitness assessments and program designs with concentrations in stability and balance.

If you are interested in more information about this event, please contact Denice Davis at 843-522-9622. This program is free and open to the public.

The YMCA of Beaufort County is part of a 256 year old worldwide organization that enables the citizens of Beaufort County to develop values and behaviors that are consistent with our mission: To put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all. The Wardle Family YMCA of Beaufort County was charted in 1990 and opened its doors in June 1996.  The YMCA is a locally autonomous organization made up of voluntary membership that is open to individuals of all ages, race, religion, incomes and abilities.  Programs and services incorporate the values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility and the YMCA encourages and challenges its staff, members, volunteers and program participants to accept and demonstrate these values. For more information, visit www.ymcabeaufortcounty.com.

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