Local YMCAs Hold First-Ever Statewide  Fitness Event on Jan. 10 to Promote Positive Personal Change and Good Health.

Randolph, NJ- YMCA –It seems nearly everyone has a“New Year’s resolution,” but statistics indicate that less than a quarter of these resolutions are kept. Creating personal change takes effort, and support. To encourage individuals and families to make their resolutions a reality, the Randolph YMCA, located at 14 Dover Chester Road, is joining YMCAs across the state for a free Open House on Saturday, Jan. 10 from 7:30 a.m to 8:00 p.m.

The community is invited to discover the benefits of Y membership for the day. The Wellness Center, which features cardio equipment, free weights and weight machines, will be open for a work out and a variety of Group Exercise classes are offered until 12:0 noon. The gymnasium will be open from 1:00 p.m to 7:30 for open basketball for all ages. The pool will be available for lap swimming from 1:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m

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Visitors will receive a one-day individual or family guest pass for future use and anyone over 18 years of age may enter a free raffle with two prizes: one month of an individual Adult Membership or one month of Family Membership. The Randolph YMCA never charges a Joiners Fee for new members. 

“Everyone resolves to improve,” says Bill Lamia, CEO of the Randolph YMCA. “We all say, “Someday I’l get on a regular workout routine.’ ‘Someday I’l play sports again.’ ‘Someday I’ll have more time to spend with my kids.’ Our message is: why keep waiting? Local YMCAs are a place where you can do this today.

“We’re a community that supports individuals and families in reaching their goals. This year, we’re taking things even further with a free, state-wide vent hosted by dozens of YMCAs at their own locations to promote healthy change.”

Because personal change can be difficult, it’s important to take steps to make sure you stick with a routine: Write it down: Write down exactly what you want to accomplish… and don’t hide it away our desk drawer! Post your goals in a prominent place where you’ll view them, and remind yourself, every day. Keep a journal of your progress so you can measure yourself and keep yourself accountable. Get comfortable with being outside your comfort zone: If change were easy, more people would succeed. Accept that change is difficult. Embrace the challenge. Become active: Schedule into your day time for you and or your family to engage in physical activity. Walk, swim, bike on your own or take an exercise class. There is a social aspect to taking fitness classes which increase your probability for continued exercise. Whether or not your goals are fitness-related, eating properly and being physically engaged is important to a healthy lifestyle. Don’t do it alone: Difficult changes can become almost impossible when you bear the weight alone. It’s important to enlist support. A support system not only holds you accountable, it makes things more fun. Let others help you, and you’ll not only be more likely to accomplish your goals, you’l foster stronger relationships in your life.

Community resources like the YMCA offer seniors, families, and others a place to gather and support each other in a healthy social environment. The YMCA is a nonprofit and believes all should have the resources to achieve health and wellness. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify.

To learn more about he Randolph YMCA and the January 10th Open House, visit randolphymca.org or call 973.366.1120.

About the Y:

The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S, 2700 Y's engage 2 million men, women and children –regardless of age, income or background –to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 1000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just of promise, but to deliver, lasting personal and social change.