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YMCA to host open house for potential members

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

COVINGTON -- If a healthier you is part of your New Year's resolutions for 2011, the Covington YMCA is offering a plan to help you with your goals.

"A busy lifestyle can distract from wellness goals, but the Covington Family YMCA can help you stay focused to achieve personal success," said Membership Director Kacie Brown in a printed press release this week.

The YMCA is hosting an open house Jan. 15 to show potential members how they can help with fitness goals in the new year.

"Too much exercise too quickly wears out new or returning exercisers," she warned. "Once you do not see the pounds disappear, a decision is made that time in the gym could be put to better use elsewhere."

To avoid the discouragement pitfall, Brown recommends the YMCA's COACH APPROACH program.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 15 to 20 percent of people stay with the exercise program long enough to see any health benefits. The COACH APPROACH teaches exercisers how to stick with their health and wellness programs.

"This program is designed to give everyone the opportunity to increase their physical activity and reduce health risks," Brown said. "Regular exercise will reduce fatigue and sleep irregularities and will increase energy levels as well as help lower stress levels, enhances overall feelings of well-being and keeps you more focused and attentive."

Brown invites everyone to come see what the Covington YMCA has to offer by attending the Jan. 15 open house from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Classes will be offered during the open house and will include Zumba BodyPump, Yoga, Pilates and cycling. Participants will be able to exercise on the equipment and participate in a group exercise class.

Also drawings will be held for 3-month memberships for every 50 guests, as well as guest passes to all who participate.

The Y is an association of men, women and children joined together by a shared commitment to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility, Brown said.

"Every day we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and connect," she said.

For more information or a schedule of the group exercises for the day, go to cvy.ymcaatlanta.org or call 770-787-3908.