The Y is here to help people manage and prevent chronic disease, we provide classes, programs, health assessments and wellness coaching. Opportunities include LIVESTRONG at the Y for cancer patients and survivors, Pedaling for Parkinson's, and group exercise classes for people coping with arthritis. 

LIVESTSTRONG at the Y

When: Winter, Spring, Summer & Fall
Cost: Free

Perseverance through cancer is a remarkable accomplishment. At the Y, cancer patients and survivors continue their journey to recovery, gaining strength and support in a program specially created for them. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and the Skagit Valley Family YMCA have partnered to offer a free 12 week physical activity and wellness program called LIVESTRONG at the YMCA for adults with cancer or who have completed active cancer treatment. 

The program includes guest speakers and a personalized fitness program to:

  • Build muscle mass and strength
  • Increase flexibility and endurance
  • Improve confidence and self esteem
  • Learn about wellness
  • Develop stress reduction techniques
  • Discover ways to continue healthy habits after the program has ended 

PEDALING FOR PARKINSON'S

Date: Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays
Time:1-2pm
Cost: Free for members, all other participants pay the daily drop-in rate.

Pedaling a bicycle may change the life of someone with Parkinson's disease. Research conducted at the Cleveland Clinic showed up to a 35% reduction in symptoms by the simple act of pedaling a bicycle at a rapid pace - optimally, 80-90 revolutions per minutes. Fast pedaling is not a cure of Parkinson's disease and should not be touted as such, but there is compelling evidence to show that it does make a real difference for many who try it. We do know that fast paced cycling is changing the lives of increasing numbers of participants who, before this, had no hope beyond medication and eventually surgery to slow the progression of their disease. 

*Medical clearance is required, contact the Y before participating. 

 

ARTHRITIS

Arthritis Swim

Don't let arthritis prevent you from staying active and healthy. Our Arthritis Swim Group Fitness class can help you alleviate pain and stiffness, increase mobility, and improve flexibility. No swimming skills are required. 

Tai Chi

Tai Chi combines agile steps, joint safe exercise, and mental strength to improve mobility, breathing, and relaxation. This class is for all fitness levels. Approved by the Arthritis Foundation.