“Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease, the nation’s No.1 Killer” according to the American Heart Association.

The Summit Area YMCA will begin its next session of the Healthy Hearts Cardio Maintenance Program in early Fall. Healthy Hearts is free and open to the public and designed for people wanting to improve their cardiovascular by learning how to exercise independently so they can maintain their cardiovascular health and a life of healthy habits. The program will be offered at the Berkeley Heights YMCA in September and the Summit YMCA in October. It is for anyone wishing to improve or maintain cardiovascular health, whether or not they have had a cardiac event.

Berkeley Heights YMCA
Dates: Sept 4 – Nov 27
Day & Time: Tuesday at 1:15PM

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Summit YMCA
Dates: October 2 – Dec 20
Day & Time: Tuesday and Thursday at 12:00PM - 1:15PM

Each session of Healthy Hearts will focus on cardiovascular exercise, building muscle strength and working on flexibility in a small group non-medically supervised setting.

PROGRAM GOALS:

1. Teach participants how to exercise independently to maintain cardiovascular health.

2. Build muscle strength with upper body and lower body exercises.
Improve overall flexibility.

3. Coach participants to continue a lifetime of healthy habits.

“The Summit Area YMCA is committed to helping the community live healthier lives, which includes cardiovascular health. By providing the program at both of our Berkeley Heights and Summit Y branches we are ensuring that we can serve as many people as possible in building and maintaining healthy hearts.” – Susan Guber, Summit YMCA Wellness and Membership Engagement Director

If you are recovering from a cardiac event, completion of a phase 2 or 3 cardiac rehab program is required. This program does not replace the critical role that medically supervised cardiac rehab plays in recovery from a cardiac event. A Doctor’s release is required. Use of a fitness tracker is recommended. There is no fee for the Healthy Hearts program.

The program is directed by Nationally certified trainers and will meet for 12 weeks. Limit of 10 participants with 2 trainers present at each session. The sessions will utilize the cardio and strength equipment in the fitness center and focus on cardio exercise, strength and flexibility. There will be 4 assessments completed at the beginning and completion of the program to measure cardiovascular endurance, upper body and lower body strength and flexibility. Rate of Perceived Exertion and personal fitness trackers will be utilized to monitor participant’s exertion and heart rate.

Registration is required. For more information, please contact Lisa McQuilkin for the Berkeley Heights YMCA at 908-464-8373, Lisa.mcquilkin@thesay.org or Susan Guber for the Summit YMCA at 908-273-3330 Susan.Guber@thesay.org

In addition to the Healthy Hearts program, the Summit Area YMCA offers a wide variety of cardio fitness classes to help improve your cardio health, strength and endurance -- from Cardio Core, Cardio Cross Training to Extreme Cardio. To learn more or to see a listing of classes, go https://www.thesay.org/class-schedules

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About the Summit Area YMCA 
The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need. To strengthen your community and provide others with the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive, make your tax-deductible donation today at www.theSAY.org/give.