National Grid Brings STEM to Children in Need  

October 16, 2017

National Grid Brings STEM to Children in Need National Grid Gets the Gold Star for helping the Y deliver Science Crew (critical STEM programming) to scores of at-risk school children in our care. The results are in, and kids love science! Thanks to National Grid, the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology (CMOST) piloted a

DIY Halloween Costumes

October 13, 2017

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

Halloween Safety

October 13, 2017

Halloween is an exciting day—you get to dress up as a famous icon or character while collecting sugary goodness. What could be better? While you’re out there having fun, be sure you’re being as safe as possible. Here are a few things to keep in mind: Travel in pairs Whether you’re trick-or-treating with your child

8 Reasons to Play Pickleball

October 13, 2017

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

Think Pink This October

October 11, 2017

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:

6 Reasons to Add Strength Training to your Exercise Routine

October 10, 2017

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

4 Reasons to Try a HIIT Class

October 4, 2017

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) can be intimidating. It’s a high-energy workout that keeps you moving for the entire class. If you’re unfamiliar, HIIT classes alternate short, but intense exercises—you move quickly from one exercise to the next with short resting periods. Simply speaking, you’ll be working as hard as humanly possible for the entire

#SelfieWithSomeoneNew

September 29, 2017

In these divided times, we must continue to bring people together, find common ground and bridge divides. Here in the Capital Region, the Y knows that this can start with something as simple as striking up a conversation with someone you’ve just met. This October, the Y is encouraging community members to meet someone new,

5 Stages of Retirement Planning

September 22, 2017

Everyone dreams of retirement. You dream of golf tournaments, beaches, and endless re-runs on daytime TV. Unfortunately, retirement isn’t gifted to you—it’s something you need to plan for. Here’s what to expect: Know Your Needs and How to Meet Them Retirement is expensive. The earlier you determine your retirement goals, the easier the planning will

Gym Etiquette for Group Exercise

September 22, 2017

Group exercises classes are one of the many things that makes the Capital District YMCA (CDYMCA) so special. We have great instructors, awesome facilities, and a number of different class choices to make your exercise routine a little more fun! Like the equipment room, there is an etiquette to follow when attending a group class.