Staying healthy in the New Year

ELKINS – Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions made each year include eating healthier, losing weight and taking better care of one’s body. The hard part, of course, is keeping those resolutions.

The Elkins-Randolph County YMCA has seen a flurry of activity in its Nautilus Room and weight room since the New Year began, and officials encourage area residents to continue exercising throughout 2014.

Sid Gillispie, executive director of the YMCA, said the facility is waiving it’s joiner’s fee for the month of January to help those considering a more active lifestyle.

“We have tried to add new classes, and classes at different times to help folks get the exercise options they want,” Gillespie said.

Two new spin classes have been added – one on Mondays from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and one on Saturdays from 9 to 10 a.m., he said.

“Zumba is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 to 10 a.m., Tuesdays from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Fridays from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m.,” Gillispie said. “More Zumba classes will be added.”

Elkins resident Gayle Moore said she makes a daily pilgrimage to the YMCA to exercise.

“I am 83 years old and I come to the Y every day,” Moore said. “It keeps me going. I do two miles on the bicycle and two miles on the treadmill.”

Moore said she exercises because she wants to be around for quite a while longer.

Dr. Philip Chua said he has been exercising at the Y for the last month or so to help lower his cholesterol.

“Exercise is important, and I encourage folks to try to get in shape and be healthier in the new year,” Chua said.

The doctor enjoys lifting free weights, using Nautilus machines and walking on the treadmills.

Gillispie said the YMCA pool is still closed, but will be open again in 2015.

“We are beginning our campaign to raise the funds to renovate the pool and revamp the boys and girls locker rooms,” Gillispie said. “The project renovations will cost an estimated $500,000. We have a commitment from our board of directors for $125,000, and currently are looking for business and private donors to help us attain our goal.”

Gillispie said renovations will take eight to 10 months to complete once the funding is in hand.

“Anyone who can help out, or those with questions, should call the YMCA,” Gillispie said.

Additional information is available by calling 304-636-4515.

Contact Beth Christian Broschart by calling 304-636-2124 ext. 114 or by e-mail at Follow her on Twitter @ITM_Broschart.