Although the Y has had to adapt its programming in recent months, we remain dedicated to supporting a lifetime of healthy living. And since reopening our doors this summer, we have been honored to welcome back passionate members like Debbie Dorf.
Originally a member of a Y in Sycamore, Debbie has been a member of the C.W. Avery Family YMCA for over a year. She is a 12-year colon cancer survivor and said that being able to find an outlet for physical activity is an important factor in staying healthy.
“Exercise is a big deal. That’s the best medicine for me. After doing chemotherapy, I have osteoporosis. The strength training I can do is really important,” said Debbie.
She also said the variety of fitness offerings is one of the most attractive things about the Y.
“You never lose when you go to the Y. You can go to a class, use the machines in the fitness center or use the track. We have a family plus membership and I can take my grandkids swimming. It’s a really good situation for us,” she said.
Debbie stops by the Y almost every day and is a regular in multiple Y fitness classes.
“The thing I like the most is all the different classes. I feel like every class is something I can learn from. They have helped with my balance and coordination. It has made exercise fun,” she said.
Debbie also credits the Y’s overall commitment to community health and safety for helping her feel comfortable using the facility after the Y’s summer reopening.
“The Y has fantastic teachers and the cleanest facility I’ve ever been in. The people at the front counter are terrific people. The Y has set really high standards and lives up to them,” she said.
We thank Debbie for her continued support of the Y.
To learn more about group exercise classes at the Y, check out the fitness schedules of your local branch by clicking here.