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Maddie SchugHealth & Fitness

Hop on Google and search the reasons why goal setting makes you more successful.  (Go ahead, I’ll wait.)

Study after study has proven that writing SMART goals, Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-sensitive goals is the best way to have success. That includes fitness!

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Taking care of your brain

Carolyne AndersonHealth & Fitness

I played lots of sports growing up, including softball and volleyball. Looking back, it’s possible that at least once, I had a concussion.

The increased attention that’s been paid to brain health and concussion prevention in recent years, is truly positive. Our brains control the rest of our body, brain health is step 1 in overall body health.

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Water Safety at the Y

Kaitlin PohlandPool Aquatics

The water is very intimidating. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children ages 1-4. At the Y we want to educate people to prevent these unintentional tragedies not only in our facility, but in everyday life.

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The Bible: God’s Letter of Love

Dominic DingerMission

One of the most exciting revelations that comes from reading the Bible is that it is not just a book full of rules and regulations. But rather, it is the primary way by which God develops a relationship with His kids.

It is His letter of love, to you, from cover to cover.

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GOODBYE Summer, HELLO Back to School

Sara Salas-RamirzMembership, Mission

At summer comes to an end, kids all over Central Minnesota are heading back to school, excited to reunite with friends and discover what the new year has to offer.

Here are helpful reminders to ensure the students in your life thrive during the school year:Read More

Y Team Spotlight – Greg Gack

Heather SabinMission

He was just a teenager when he walked into the YMCA and got his first job, mowing lawns, changing air filters and cleaning bathrooms in Salina, Kansas. Today, Greg Gack serves as executive director of one of the leading YMCAs in Minnesota. His vision is what led to the new St. Cloud YMCA facility and the growth of many youth and community programs. So how’d he get here? Here are a few key steps over his 30-year-career and what he learned along the way:

The first step

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7 Ways to Tell You’re Pushing Too Hard

Kim JohnsonHealth & Fitness

With trainers and group exercise instructors telling you to “Push harder!” all.the.time, do you ever wonder how hard is too hard? Well, you should.

If you take it too far, too often or for too long, here’s what you might see:

  • Regression in performance and/or gains. You can actually lose that lean muscle you’ve have worked so hard to build, endurance you have been building, and even confidence in yourself.
  • You can get injured. Over-exhaustion leads to poor form which can lead to injuries. Not fun!
  • Bigger issues like Phabdomyolysis, where the muscle breaks down and releases nasty toxins in your body that make you very, very sick.

How can you tell if your pushing to hard? Here are 7 ways to tell:Read More

6 Natural Energy Boosters

Cathy ElnessHealth & Fitness

Do you ever look at your kids and wish you had their boundless energy? I do – every.single.day. When I first meet with my personal training clients, almost every single one of them say they have little to no energy. They work all day and come home with no energy left to give to their family. They want more energy to play catch with their kids, go on family bike rides, and to generally feel better. We may never know where kids get their endless energy, but these 6 tips will help you increase your energy levels so you can show up the way you want to in your life.

1. Minimize stress
I know this is easier said than done, but minimizing your stress is an effective way to take control of your energy levels. There are stressers that we cannot avoid, but there are a great deal of stressers that we can avoid. For instance, if you get stressed out by seeing friend’s Pinterest-worthy birthday parties or beautiful vacations on Facebook, maybe it’s time to take a social media break. If you find yourself stressed after spending time with certain people, consider the adverse effects it’s having on your health – and energy levels. Pay attention to what you’re spending your time and stress on, and make changes if you can. Engaging in stress-relieving activities can also improve energy levels. Practices like yoga and meditation will help you manage your stress, which will improve your energy.

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