Being a YMCA Member is Very Good
Betty started in YMCA Water Fitness programs on and off again 20 years ago. She attended a 7pm class with her sister. They earned special notoriety for changing out of their swimsuits into their pjs before they left the Y for home. Since Betty retired 6 years ago, she bounces out bed, tucks a pink or white flower behind her ear and heads to the West Family YMCA for early morning classes 5 days a week. On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, she takes the 7 a.m. Aqua Intervals followed by 8 a.m. Deep Water Jog. On Tuesday and Thursday, she joins friends for the 7:45 am Aqua Zumba class and finishes her workout by treading water for 1/2 an hour.
Betty works with an intensity that keeps her a youthful 65. She appreciates the health gains from her pool time: cardio benefits and the benefits for aching joints, bones and muscles. She says her loss of 43 pounds leaves her without a nagging back issue; she is now free of pain and pain medications. Without skipping a beat, she says also enjoys adding an extra element to the morning routines, clowning. She loves singing along with the oldies, changing up the words and adding a little extra laughter to the fun atmosphere in the pool. This includes shouting, Elvis has left the pool!” when his version of Hound Dog finishes playing off the instructor’s song list. Immediately, the class lights up with a collective smile and lots of chuckles. Betty says, “Eating healthy and moving are great for your body; laughter and friendship are equally important.” Rubber Ducky Day and any competitive sets energize her workouts even more…and make the classes more enjoyable. Betty, a middle child of 13, says class participants smile when they hear she was extremely shy until age 23 or 24. She says some in the class don’t know her by name but ask, “Where is the lady with the flower in her hair, ” when she is missing, like after a recent major surgery that kept her out of the pool for two months.
Betty feels her positive experiences at the YMCA of Broome are meant to be shared. So through her personal invitation, 12 of her friends and family members, including her husband, Rob, have joined! Many of those individuals signed up for family memberships as well, multiplying that number.
Betty summed it up by saying, “I have met wonderful friends at the YMCA. I organized a group of about 10 of my new Y friends and my other Y friends to do lunch the second Thursday of the month. We take turns picking where to go. No matter where we go, by bus, car of boat (we have done all 3), we ALWAYS laugh! And that is a very good…
Being a Y member is a very good!”