Fitness

The Idaho Falls YMCA provides the greatest resources for you to improve your fitness! Our friendly fitness staff pride themselves on exercise physiology evidence-based practice and make themselves available for you to help answer your questions, instruct how to properly use the equipment, teach group fitness classes, and offer personal training.

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We aim to exemplify the words from the American College of Sports Medicine’s Resource Manual for Guidelines for Exercise Testing and Prescription (7th ed.) to promote physical activity in the community:

“The relationship between physical activity and public health has been well established (1). Unfortunately, most people in the United States do not engage in recommended levels of physical activity (16). Furthermore, physical inactivity has been identified as one of the leading causes of death in the United States (63). Thus, increasing physical inactivity is becoming a compelling public health crisis, and significant attention must be devoted to reversing current trends. Communities can positively impact public health by promoting the adoption and maintenance of physical activity for all ages. As understanding of physical activity behaviors deepen, contemporary programs increasingly apply multilevel and multistrategy approaches to program design and implementation. In fact, the literature suggests that physical activity interventions that are organized within an ecologic framework emerge as the preferable method (9.) … (pg. 786, italics added for emphasis, see the quoted references below)”

 

Our fitness department is happy when you improve your fitness, reduce your risk of chronic disease, improve your athleticism, and have a better quality of life. Our efforts start with you, and extend to the whole community and regional area of Eastern Idaho.

 

Click here to explore the benefits of our various Group Fitness programs for the community and YMCA members.

Click here to explore the benefits of our various Personal Training programs for the community and YMCA members.

 

 

1. 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans [Internet]. Washington (DC): U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2008 [cited 2011 Sep 2]. 76 p. Available from: http://www.health.gov/paguidelines/pdf/paguide.pdf

9. Brownson RC, Baker EA, Boyd, RL, et al. A community-based approach to promoting walking in rural areas. Am J Prev Med. 2004;27(1): 28-34

16. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Prevalence of regular physical activity among adults – United States, 2001 and 2005. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2007;56(46):1209-12

63. McGinnis JM, Foege WH. Actual causes of death in the United States. JAMA. 1993;270(18):2207-12

 

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