The YMCA are local gyms that provide services such as tracks, exercise equipment and pools to the communities that they serve. The YMCA enables members to use their services and get a good workout even in freezing cold climates. Better yet, the YMCA (usually simply referred to as the “Y”) has many programs and classes in place that help community people join together to learn new skills and get exercise.
YMCAs have been servicing communities since the 1800s and they are still going strong today. For an annual membership fee, people are able to take advantage of indoor pools, saunas and large-scale running tracks that would otherwise not be available to the majority of middle-class families. Furthermore, the YMCA has programs that help young athletes learn to perfect skills such as gymnastics, diving and more. Even less strenuous classes, like Yoga and Ti-Chi, are available to gym members.
The YMCA is like a gym but it is much more—it is a community staple that occasionally hosts charity drives and fairs that help to bring people together for good causes. Anyone who lives near a gym should consider joining and experiencing its offerings. Furthermore, parents who homeschool should consider gym classes as a source of socializing their children and a way for that child to get exercise and have fun at the same time.
The fees and programs associated with YMCAs vary on a person’s location but for general information about the organizations see the official website here: http://www.ymca.net/