Your Y At Home – Active Older Adults
Stay Connected While Practicing Physical Distancing
The Y has always brought people together. You can stay virtually connected to the Y through these activities for active older adults – helping you maintain a healthy spirit, mind, and body.
Virtual Activities, Recipes, and More!
- A free supportive listening line is for anyone experiencing stress related to the coronavirus pandemic.
- Join us at Matt’s Kitchen, a cooking series that use everyday, common ingredients to prepare delicious meals. Look for new recipes every Wednesday!
- Take in some of the beauty of spring with this 20-minute virtual journey through a forest blooming with English bluebells. Emerge feeling more relaxed and at peace.
- Wedding season is upon us, and you may know a couple who has had to postpone or adjust their wedding plans. Here are some tips for supporting them from afar.
- Go on a South African safari from your home! Wild Earth broadcasts daily sunrise and sunset footage of animals in their natural habitat.
- Shine, in partnership with Mental Health America, has curated a wealth of resources to help you manage anxiety related to coronavirus, from isolation, xenophobia, financial fears, to ask an expert, and more
Zoom Fitness Classes
As thank you and added benefit to those Y members that are able to keep their membership active, we have Zoom fitness classes especially for you! See schedule and instructions
If you had previously canceled your membership or placed it on hold and would like to reactivate your membership to take advantage of the Zoom classes, please give us a call 509 777 9622.
If your membership is on hold or you had to cancel, we understand and have provided a variety of other online fitness classes and activity options below.
Facebook Live classes taught by YMCA of the Inland Northwest instructors. (Please read Health & Safety Warning below before beginning any exercise routine)
SilverSneakers®, Silver & Fit®, and Renew Active™ YMCA members,
The YMCA has been working with your insurance provider to ensure that our senior members continue to stay active and healthy while our doors are temporarily closed. We are excited to announce that your providers have agreed to continue to reimburse the YMCA if you participate in any of our virtual fitness classes or via phone with one of our Health & Wellness staff. This is a win-win! You can stay active and connected with the Y and the reimbursement we receive from your participation will help our organization during this critical financial time. Please note your Y membership will not be canceled if you are unable to participate in the virtual classes.
If you participate in the pre-recorded YouTube, YMCA 360 or watch one of our Facebook Video (Not Live) classes, please email your branch’s H&W Director the same day you participated by clicking their name below: (You do not need to do this if you participated in a Facebook Live Class and posted your name in the comment section)
If you would like to have a Health & Wellness Director contact you by phone for a wellness check-in, please email them as well.
Creative Activities, Virtual Tours, and Recipes
- From Quiltscapes to Northwest Art Collection, Spokane’s Museum of Arts and Culture online exhibits has something for everyone.
- Brush up on your culinary skills or learn something new with cooking demos from celebrity chefs.
- Or just try one of these 30 recipes for lunch at home, from lentil soup to grilled cheese with apples.
- Track the blooming of Washington, D.C.’s iconic springtime cherry blossoms with the BloomCam.
- Two resilient who women survived the Spanish Flu, Great Depression and the Holocaust share their advice for getting through this difficult time.
- People are decorating their windows with hearts and messages of hope. Find some inspiration and maybe even try it yourself!
- Learn about the health benefits of creativity, and you’ll be inspired to dig up that old sketchpad, coloring book, or woodworking project, via Huffington Post
- Watch the aurora borealis (Northern Lights) live from directly underneath the aurora oval in Churchill, Manitoba, via explore.org
- 19 immersive museum exhibits you can visit from your couch, via PBS
- These 5 National Parks offer virtual tours you can take from the comfort of home, via Travel & Leisure
- Recipes to cook while you’re self-quarantined, via allrecipies.com
- Fight Stress with Healthy Habits, via the American Heart Association
- Tired of Netflix? 14 World-Class Museums offering virtual tours, via Robb Report
- Stress Relief from laughter? It’s no joke, via Mayo Clinic
- My Y Story articles that offer hope and inspiration, via YMCA of the Inland Northwest
(Please read Health & Safety Warning below before beginning any exercise routine)
- Rise and Shine – This workout can be completed with just a sturdy chair and a stable back (11 min)
- Weights – This energizing workout utilizes a sturdy chair and free weights (27 min)
- Resistance Band – Increase strength with the use of a sturdy chair and a resistance band (27 min)
- Tai Chi – This unique martial art is for all ages and levels. Tai Chi promotes strength, coordination, posture, concentration, and energy level.
- Yoga – With different levels for everyone, Y yoga is an effective combination of traditional movements and mindfulness using flexibility, breathing, and strength.
HEALTH & SAFETY WARNING
Physical exercise, in all of its forms and with or without the use of equipment such as blocks, straps or any other equipment that may be used by an instructor, is a strenuous physical activity. Accordingly, you are urged and advised to seek the advice of a physician before beginning any physical exercise regimen, routine, program, or using any suggested equipment shown in any of the videos from the YMCA. The YMCA is not a medical organization and its instructors or staff cannot give you medical advice or diagnosis. All suggestions and comments relating to the use of equipment, poses, moves, and instruction are not required to be performed by you and are carried out at your election while viewing YMCA videos. Nothing contained herein should be constructed as any form of such medical advice or diagnosis.
By using this content you represent that you understand that physical exercise involves strenuous physical movement and that such activity carries the risk of injury whether physical or mental. You understand that it is your responsibility to judge your physical and mental capabilities for such activities. It is your responsibility to ensure that by participating in classes and activities from the YMCA, you will not exceed your limits while performing such activity, and you will select the appropriate level of classes for your skills and abilities, as well as for any mental or physical conditions and/or limitations you have. You understand that, from time to time, instructors may suggest physical adjustments or the use of equipment, and it is your sole responsibility to determine if any such suggested adjustment or equipment is appropriate for your level of ability and physical and mental condition. You expressly waive and release any claim that you may have at any time for injury of any kind arising out of your participation in a YMCA program or use of a YMCA facility against the YMCA, or any person or entity involved with the YMCA, including without limitation, its directors, principals, instructors, independent contractors, employees, agents, contractors, affiliates and representatives.