Y Happenings: Halloween Edition

October 15, 2018

We love to see the kids in costume, having fun. We have a ton of events happening across our association this month.

Meet the New Schenectady YMCA Wellness Coordinator!

October 9, 2018

Meet the New Schenectady YMCA Wellness Coordinator: Steve Dowd Prior to becoming the Wellness Coordinator at the Schenectady YMCA Steve was a Strength & Conditioning Coach/Personal Trainer in Utica, New York. He earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Studies from Utica College. Steve is a NCSA Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, and is

DIY Halloween Costumes

September 28, 2018

Halloween is the best time of year. It’s a time where you laugh and scream at the same time while collecting endless amounts of candy. That part is easy. The biggest dilemma is what to wear. The costume possibilities are endless. If you’re a planner, you already have your costume ready. If you’re a procrastinator, you’re

Think Pink This October

September 28, 2018

Breast cancer is an extremely malevolent disease that affects one in eight women nationwide. This is a large group of people whose entire lives have been affected by this disease. Thanks to global fundraising efforts, there are currently over 2.8 million breast cancer survivors alive in the United States today. Here’s how you can help:

Meet the New Guilderland YMCA Aquatics Director!

September 24, 2018

Brian first started with the Guilderland YMCA in 2007 as a lifeguard and swim instructor.

8 Reasons to Play Pickleball

September 21, 2018

You may have heard about Pickleball, or have seen it played at your local Y, but what is it? Well, it’s sort of like tennis, but on a smaller scale. It’s been a hit with the older community as it’s a fun, fast-paced, yet low-impact workout! But why should you get started? It’s a fun

6 Reasons to Add Strength Training to your Exercise Routine

September 21, 2018

Strength training can be intimidating, because there are a lot of stereotypes and preconceived notions surrounding that type of exercise. Some people think strength training requires bench pressing heavy weights, or participating in competitions, but that doesn’t have to be the case. That is just one type of strength training. Strength training can be as

How to Keep Your Child Active, Even if They Hate Exercise

September 18, 2018

How to Keep Your Child Active, Even if They Hate Exercise Many kids (like adults) dislike the act of exercising. With the rise of technology, kids have less and less reasons to get out to be physically fit. How do you get the screens away from the kids and make exercise more appealing? Here are

Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone

September 6, 2018

Get Outside of Your Comfort Zone While the Glenville YMCA is renovating the Wellness Center, they are offering a number of additional group exercise classes to keep you moving! Here are your options: Current Classes: Are you a Novice or beginner exerciser or prefer lower impact workouts or use the exercise bike? Please give one

6 Reasons to Run a 5K

August 29, 2018

If you’re anything like me, the idea of running a 5K, or running any sort of distance, can seem extremely scary. Some people gravitate towards running as a means of exercise while others struggle with it. 5K’s are good for both experienced and beginner runners and I believe that everyone should run at least on 5K