Sometimes exercise isn’t about weight loss, it’s about achieving a better quality to life. This is what Karen Smith has found with her YMCA membership through the “Fit on 10th” program. After enrolling in September and attending water aerobic classes, Smith has tapped into more energy and overall healthier feeling.
“I noticed a difference in my stamina, energy level, lost a few pounds and inches. I do the arthritis water aerobics class where they work all your joints from your ankles up to your neck,” Smith said.
She began coming to Ebenezer Medical Outreach over a decade ago for all her preventative and primary care. Her A1C levels tested on the slightly higher scale, which led to Smith to being referred to the Fit On 10th collaboration program. This recommendation along with the gym membership has already proven to Smith as a worthwhile investment in her overall health.“I tested for pre-diabetes. That is one of my goals. I think my A1C is probably lowered now because of working out. I go to the doctor next week to have it checked so I can tell if I reached my goal,” she said.
She continued, “We went to Hillbilly days in Pikeville and walked around for four hours. I didn’t get out breath. I attribute that to getting exercise the past few months. I’ve been going for about six months now, and I can really tell a difference. I have more energy when I come home. I jump right into doing my housework. You feel better, you even feel better about yourself.”
It is the noticeable differences and goals the patients at EMO have seen throughout their hard work and dedication to the Fit On 10th program. The daily habits which are sometimes just making time and putting in the extra effort weekly to attend classes have rewarded the EMO patient participants.
“I go three days. I like the water classes better. They seem like it’s easier. At first I got out breath, but I noticed a big difference the longer I kept going,” she said. “I also socialize with the women in my class, it does motivate me to get up and get dressed and out of the house.”
The Fit on 10th program provides its participants with the opportunity to become an active part in overall health journey. Part of their journey includes the friendships made at the YMCA, along with the helpful and supportive staff members who provide guidance and support. Many times this journey begins with a check-up from the Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc. staff.
“I’m very grateful for Ebenezer and the grant to be able to go to the Y. I don’t want it to end. I want to keep up the routine. It’s hard to find good doctors who really listen and hear you, and address what you are talking about,” Smith said.
“Fit on 10th” is still enrolling Ebenezer patients. To participate in the program, you must be a patient at Ebenezer Medical Outreach Inc. To schedule an appointment with EMO, call 304-529-0753. You can visit the Huntington YMCA at 935 10th Avenue in Huntington, West Virginia.