Why Take a Self-Defense Class?

December 6, 2016

Every day, your social media feed is filled with violent crimes against women—on streets, college campuses, and even in the home. It’s important for women to know how to protect themselves in every threatening situation. A self-defense course could help you in a number of ways: It builds confidence Knowing how to protect yourself is

10 Tips to Help You Become a Better Runner

December 5, 2016

Running is one of the best exercises that you can do. It’s a great cardio exercise that helps you burn calories, strengthen joints and muscles, help you stay fit, and can also reduce the side effects of aging. It’s a hard exercise to excel at, so we’re here to help. There are a few things

How to Become a Lifeguard

December 2, 2016

Lifeguarding is a fun and extremely rewarding job. As a guard, you’re an important and admired member of your community. You have the power to save a life and educate our youth on the importance of water safety. Why become a lifeguard? Lifeguards are an integral part of the aquatics community. As a guard, you’ll

Member Spotlight: Meghan VanSleet

December 1, 2016

Meet Meghan VanSleet Being a young, single mother isn’t easy, but Meghan VanSleet, a thirty-one-year-old mother of two, found solace in the YMCA. “After I had my second child, I didn’t bounce back like I wanted to,” Meghan said. “I decided enough was enough.” Meghan returned to the YMCA five months ago, and checked-in to

What is #GivingTuesday?

November 29, 2016

‘Tis the season of giving. After a weekend of rushing to finish your Christmas shopping, today marks the first day of the charitable season. Here’s what it’s all about: What is #GivingTuesday? #GivingTuesday is a national movement that began in 2012 to focus on end of the year giving. It’s a day to give to

How to Stay Motivated During the Holidays

November 28, 2016

Exercise can be a difficult routine to maintain, but it’s twice as hard when there are sugar plums and eggnog clouding your vision. You don’t need to feel bad about having a second slice a pie, or about skipping one day at the gym. In the end, it will all work out if you maintain

What to Expect: Zumba Edition

November 21, 2016

Whether you’re new to the gym or you just want to try a new class, Zumba is a great way to exercise. We know it can be intimidating to walk into a new class. The following guidelines will help you understand what to expect: Dress appropriately First and foremost, this is a fitness class—not a dance

How to Relax after a Workout

November 16, 2016

We all know that working out is good for you in a number of ways, but the after math can be difficult to deal with. Sore muscles are often the standard of a job well done, but they’re also a nuisance. There are a few things you can do after every workout to help ease

What Can You Recycle?

November 15, 2016

Did you know that almost 90% of what we throw away could probably be recycled or composted? Landfills are the largest source of human-caused greenhouse gas that’s far more powerful than carbon dioxide. In honor of America Recycles Day, here is a complete list of what you can and cannot recycle: Paper This includes all

Gym Etiquette for the Wellness Center

November 14, 2016

There is a lot of effort and planning that goes into a gym session. You need to work around your kids and your job, have enough time before your nightly television show and enough time to shower before work, and you want to be able to enjoy your time on the treadmill and you should