Turn Shoveling Into a Workout

February 9, 2017

Shoveling can be a daunting task, especially when there’s a Grey’s Anatomy marathon on TV. Turn shoveling into a fun workout! But beware, shoveling incorrectly can lead to injury. According to a 2011 study, around 11,500 Americans end up in the emergency room each year from shoveling. There are things you can do to get

Water – Your New Bestfriend

February 9, 2017

Your body is composed of 60% water. Your body is utilizing that 60% through regular daily activity – through skin evaporation, regulating body temperature, bowel movements, salivation and digestion. It is essential that you replace these fluids daily. Benefits You Can See Your skin contains plenty of water. It acts a protective barrier to prevent excess

How To Eat Healthy During the Super Bowl

February 2, 2017

How To Eat Healthy During the Superbowl As told by Allison Reinhardt, the Regional Wellness Director at the Southern Saratoga and Glenville YMCA Did you know that the average person consumes around 6,000 calories on Super Bowl Sunday? That’s almost two pounds of additional body-weight in one day! So what can we do? Healthy living is

Getting Started With Exercise

January 31, 2017

Fitness is for everyone. Regardless of what some people may say about themselves not being the “exercise type,” fitness can be molded to fit everyone’s body. Generally, excuses are made by people with busy lives, or by those who may not feel comfortable exercising, or maybe because they don’t believe that they are unhealthy. The

What to Expect: Spin Edition

January 30, 2017

The spin room may be intimidating—there are a lot of bikes in a small space. Don’t be nervous. Hop on and prepare for a great workout! Here are a few things you need to know before your first spin class: Instructors are high energy Classes are generally set to music. Your instructor works hard to

Get a Good Start on a Healthy Heart

January 25, 2017

Get a Good Start on a Healthy Heart As told by Amanda Carknard, a Personal Trainer at the Southern Saratoga YMCA Maintaining a healthy heart is one of the most important reasons to exercise.  Did you know that according to the Cleveland Clinic, your heart pumps about five quarts of blood through a system of

Meet Aquatics Instructor: Jack Sherry

January 24, 2017

Meet Jack Jack Sherry has been a member of the Troy YMCA since 2012 and quickly progressed from member to instructor. Jack currently teaches both Water Wellness and Forever Fit Cardio aqua classes at the Troy branch and has acquired quite the following. Now, 71, Jack shows no signs of slowing down. Prior to joining

Functional Fitness in 30 Minutes or Less

January 20, 2017

Functional Fitness for Quality of Life in 30 Minutes or Less As told by Stephanie Davis, a Personal Trainer at the Southern Saratoga YMCA Functional fitness takes what you learn in the gym and applies it to your everyday life. Maybe you’re a carpenter who lifts heavy wood all day, or a bartender who squats all night

6 Eating Habits to Maximize Your Workout

January 18, 2017

Exercise and eating go hand in hand. But maintaining a healthy lifestyle, or kick-starting your New Year’s fitness goals doesn’t mean starting a crash diet, or only eating raw foods. It’s about knowing what to eat when and what types of foods can help you make the most out of your workout! A healthy breakfast

New Year’s Resolutions – Do Them Right

January 16, 2017

This is the time of the year for making New Year’s resolutions and getting  gym memberships. This typically plays out in one of two ways. You either never visit the gym, or your visits begin to dwindle  three months in. There are methods you can easily implement in your life to keep yourself motivated and