The Duanesburg Eels Take States

December 15, 2016

Last month, nine of our YMCA swimmers qualified to attend the NYS High School Swim Championship in Ithaca, NY. Four of these girls not only share a high school team, but also swim together at the Duanesburg YMCA. Amaya Digiovanni, Allie Dixon, Olivia Nelson, and Marianna Santabarbara all went to States this year to represent

10 Ways to De-Stress Every Day

December 9, 2016

Stress is unavoidable. You’re stressed in the morning when you check the clock and realize you’re running late to work. You’re stressed about meeting Friday’s deadline and you’re getting worked up about the fact that the holidays are right around the corner. Your kids both have sports practice at the same time and you have

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