seniorsFOR HEALTHY LIVING

Improving the nation's health and well-being

Take advantage of all the YMCA has to offer through the Silver Sneakers program.  At no cost to you, many benefits are available to help you maintain and improve your health and well-being.  Please contact us to find out if your health care provider is part of this great program.. To help you get started the YMCA of Greater Whittier offers beginner land aerobic classes, water classes and healthy lifestyle training.


SilverSneakers® - YogaStretch

You will move your whole body through a complete series of seated and standing yoga poses. Chair support is offered to safely perform a variety of postures designed to increase flexibility, balance and range of movement. Restorative breathing exercises and final relaxation will promote stress reduction and mental clarity.

SilverSneakers® – Cardio Circuit

Combine fun and fitness to increase your cardiovascular and muscular endurance power with a standing circuit workout. Upper-body strength work using hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball is alternated with non-impact aerobic choreography. A chair is offered for support, head-to-toe stretching, and complete relaxation in a comfortable position.

SilverSneakers® – Muscular Strength & Range of Movement

Have fun and move to the music through a variety of exercises designed to increase muscular strength, range of movement, and activity for daily living skills. Hand-held weights, elastic tubing with handles, and a ball are offered for resistance, and a chair is used for seated and/or standing support.

Specialty Aquatic Classes

Here at the YMCA of Greater Whittier, we offer a variety of water-based classes that benefit the whole body—as well as the whole person! Water aerobics, pool running, or regular swimming workouts can all give you a great exercise session without the cumbersome constraints of gravity. Water exercise strengthens the heart, lungs, and muscles; builds physical endurance; alleviates strain on joints; and is an ideal means of relaxation. Moreover, our water classes are great social outlets. Meet staff and fellow members who will provide you with encouragement and fitness support!
All specialty aquatic classes are free with full membership, so why wait? Jump right in—the water's fine! 

Aquanetics

This class is an exercise program with light cardiovascular and stretching exercises. It is primarily designed to strengthen and tone muscles.

Uptown Whittier YMCA
M/W/F 8:00-9:00 am, 10:00-11:00 am,

East Whittier YMCA
Tue/Thu 7:00-8:00 pm


Aqua Aerobics

This class is a shallow-water workout that includes water walking; aerobic training to strengthen your heart and lungs; muscle conditioning using water dumbbells; and a stretch-and-relax phase to promote flexibility and reduce tension and stress.

Uptown Whittier YMCA
M/T/W 6:30-7:30 p.m.
M-F 9:00-10:00 am

East Whittier YMCA
M/W/F 8:00-9:00 am, 10:00-11:00 am
T/TH 8:00-9:00 am, 10:00-11:00 am
M/W 7:00-8:00 pm

Deep Water Open Exercise Time

This class is a vigorous open-water exercise time during which you can tone and strengthen muscles and improve your overall cardiovascular health. As the name suggests, this class is for those with prior deep water experience only!

East Whittier YMCA
F 7:00-8:00 pm

Aqua Zumba

This class is known as the Zumba "pool party". Aqua Zumba gives a new meaning to the idea of an invigorating workout. Integrating the Zumba formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, Aqua Zumba blends it all together in a safe, challenging, water-based workout that's cardio conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, exhilarating beyond belief.

Uptown:
Thursday 6:30-7:30 pm

Backs in Motion

This class is designed for people with back pain and is ideal for those recovering back surgery. In this class, you will learn exercises aimed to strengthen muscles of the back, abdomen, and legs.

Uptown Whittier YMCA
M/W/F 2:00-3:00 pm
T/TH 10:00-11:00 am, 12:00-1:00 pm

Twinges in the Hinges

This class is designed for people who have arthritis, or for anyone who would like to decrease pain and stiffness, increase joint mobility, tone muscles, improve posture, and move through exercises and daily activities with greater ease.

Uptown Whittier YMCA
M/W/F 7:15-8:00am, 8:00-8:45 am, 8:45-9:30 am, 10:15-11:00 am, 11:00-11:45 am, 3:00-3:45 pm, 6:00-6:45 pm
T/TH 11:00-11:45 am, 3:00-3:45 pm

East Whittier YMCA
M/W/F 9:00-10:00 am

S.A.I.F.  (Seniors Against Investment Fraud)

The Seniors Against Investment Fraud (SAIF) Program is an innovative educational outreach campaign funded by the Governor's Office Criminal Justice Planning and led by the California Department of Corporations.  The primary purpose of SAIF is to alert and educate Californians over the age of 50 about investment and telemarketing fraud crimes and how to avoid being victimized by scam artists.  For more information or to arrange a presentation for your group please call: (562) 907-6545.

RSVP (Retired & Senior Volunteer Program)

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) matches individuals age 55 and older with service opportunities at a variety of locations in the Greater Whittier and surrounding areas. RSVP "work stations" include senior centers, nutrition programs, police, sheriff and fire stations, assisted living facilities and more. Senior volunteers are covered by accident and liability insurance. For information call (562) 907-6545.


Travel Club

The Uptown Whittier YMCA Travel Club meets at the Y at 10 am on the third Monday of each month (second Monday in December).   There is always an interesting program, the latest updates on trips and the opportunity of meeting new friends.   You do not need to be a resident of Whittier to participate in the Travel Club, EVERYONE is welcomed! Bus leaves from the Uptown YMCA on all trips.  Call the YMCA at 562-907-6530 for questions or for more information.

THE ORANGE EMPIRE RAILWAY MUSEUM

Thursday, January 16, 2014     9:00 AM – 4:30 PM

The Orange Empire Railway Museum operates a Museum Railway where visitors can ride on the historic trains and trolleys that helped shape the Southern California we know today.  It showcases over 35 pieces of rail equipment from the Red Car Empire, including iconic pieces such as classis “Hollywood Cars” of the 20’s. The Museum has a collection of over 25 streetcars from the Yellow Car system; in addition, the Museum preserves over 25 cars and locomotives from the Southern Pacific and 18 cars and locomotives from the Union Pacific.   Enjoy a fantastic lunch at the Cask and Cleaver.

I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE

Saturday, March 22     12:30 PM – 7:00 PM

I LOVE LUCY LIVE ON STAGE is the brand-new hit stage show adapted from the most beloved program in television history!  America’s favorite foursome – Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel is live on stage at the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (orchestra seating) and in color for the very first time!  Step back in time to 1952 as we step unto the Desilu Playhouse soundstage where you will be entertained to the behind-the-scenes filming process and this brand-new thing called “television.”  Afterwards, we’re off to enjoy dinner at Mrs. Knott’s world-renowned Fried Chicken Restaurant!

WONDER VALLEY RANCH RESORT

Sunday/Wednesday, May 4 – 7     9:00 AM – 6:00 PM

From the moment your group pulls up to the gates of Wonder Valley Ranch Resort’s scenic foothill grounds, the fun begins and never stops throughout each day and night of your stay.  Stroll the tranquil grounds, sit by the fire and chat, or enjoy one of a variety of programmed activities offered.  Our trip includes a 3-night stay at the Wonder Valley Ranch Resort, Hosted Happy Hour at the Ranch nightly, Horse-drawn Hayride, a Fireside Night with Cowboy entertainment, side trip to Yosemite and Exeter Mural Tour.  3 Ranch breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 Ranch dinners are included.

TITANIC AND BODIES EXHIBIT

Thursday, May 22,     9:15 AM – 4:00 PM

TITANIC THE EXPERIENCE is an unprecedented opportunity to travel back in time and experience the wonder and tragedy of the world’s most famous ocean-liner, TITANIC. The exhibition will feature authentic artifacts that have been recovered from the wreck site of TITANIC, 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface.  BODIES THE EXHIBITION offers an intimate and informative view into the human body.  The Exhibition will feature over 200 actual human bodies and specimens meticulously and respectfully displayed.  For lunch, we will experience some delectable dishes at Café 7th Home.

SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK

Saturday, June 14     8:30 AM – 6:30 PM

Your tour includes a guided tram ride through the park’s sprawling valley with an informative narrator.  Once back at Safari Base Camp, you’ll immerse yourself in the color and activity of Africa-inspired Nairobi Village and Heart of Africa.  You’ll experience close encounters with okapi, giraffes and waterfowl, plus have a chance to visit a working research outpost and talk with wildlife experts.  Lunch is on your own at any of the park’s dining facilities.

For more information on the Travel Club, call the Uptown YMCA at (562) 907-6530 and ask for Becky or Hope.  The new schedule for our January-June 2014 trips will also be available at the East Whittier YMCA beginning October 22.