Gaining Strength at the Y

Posted on: March 15, 2018

Years ago, I was diagnosed with a heart murmur. I did not think much of it because I lived a very healthy lifestyle, and my job kept me physically fit. I gained a lot of weight after my retirement, so I began attending the Silver Sneakers class at the Richmond County Family YMCA. I made dear friends and could feel the physical improvements.

In 2016, I discovered that my heart murmur was not benign. The murmur created many complications, having me not only battle anemia but also a bad aortic valve in need of surgery. I met with the best heart specialist in Maryland and went into open heart surgery.

After my successful surgery, I was instructed not to use my arms for eight whole weeks! I was, however, already very strong from the workouts I had done at my local Y. This strength was a blessing during this recovery period. I followed instructions for incorporating 30 minutes of cardio into my day by returning to my YMCA. I continue to strengthen my body with workouts, I am making new memories with my friends there, and I’ve even added a personal trainer to the mix!

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