The Importance of Swimming Lessons in Minnesota Summers

Heather SabinPool Aquatics

We see kids of every age, size, color, and experience level run into the Y every day so elated to get in the pool. And honestly, it makes our hearts happy. Empowering kids through swimming lessons is one of our core services and community responsibilities at the Y. We do live in the land of 10,000 lakes.

The YMCA passionately believes that every person should learn to swim. Every single person. Not only is it a good skill to have, but it can be life-saving.   Read More

Ways to Create a Habit

Kim JohnsonHealth & Fitness

Have you ever heard it takes 21 days to create a new habit? Experts say it’s actually closer to 66 days for that habit to become a natural part of your routine. Everyone has habits – good or bad. Brushing your teeth in the morning and night is a habit that you barely think about because it’s become so ingrained in your daily routine. Drinking enough water might be a habit that is harder for you. Some days you’ll do really well, and others you’ll not drink much at all.

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15 On-the-Go Protein Snacks

Kim JohnsonHealth & Fitness

Want to achieve or maintain peak health and performance? The not-so-secret ingredient is protein. Protein encourages a healthy immune system, helps your muscles recover from workouts, regulates acids within your body, and even strengthens your hair and nails.

It’s one of the three main macronutrients that your body needs every day (carbohydrates and fats are the other two). The Recommended Daily Allowance of protein is 0.36 grams per pound of body weight. If you’re 150 pounds, for instance, its recommended you eat about 54 grams of protein per day.Read More

3 Apps to Improve Your Health

Kim JohnsonHealth & Fitness

Have you ever needed a good workout, but only had 20 minutes to spare?  Or wondered how many grams of protein and fat you’re supposed get per day? Or wanted to make more informed health decisions, but weren’t sure where to start?

Believe it or not, technology might be part of the answer!  Apps can help you identify workouts, see the nutritional value of what you’re feeding your body, and empower you to live a healthier lifestyle.
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The Top 5 Group Exercise Classes People Are Talking About

Cathy ElnessGroup Exercise

Have you ever started a training plan, then quit after a couple weeks? Or gone to bed with the intent of waking up for a 6 a.m. workout, only to hit the snooze button and vow to go tomorrow morning instead? It is often easier to break promises to ourselves than to miss a workout with a pal or a group exercise class where people are expecting you. Read More

5 New Ways to Use Your Y

Heather SabinMembership

Your daily routine is likely filled with activities or rituals you’ve been doing repeatedly for years. While routines bring comfort, they can sometimes lead to burnout or boredom. What if you tried something new each week? Or each month?

Harvard Medical School studies show that trying new things sharpens cognitive skills. Similarly, in health and fitness, changing up your workout has been shown to improve physical results.Read More

9 Winter Activities Sure to Wear Your Kids Out

Carolyne AndersonY News

Even though the groundhog Punxsutawney Phil is predicting an early spring this year, we still have a few months of winter ahead of us. This winter has been, well, interesting to say the least. We’ve experienced more school closings, late starts, and early dismissals than we can remember any other year. It’s natural to go a little stir crazy.Read More