September 16, 2013
The YMCA of Greater Boston held an association-wide essay contest in the spring, asking our teens to tell us about their dreams and how the YMCA is helping them. We received many wonderful submissions and decided the contest would not only have one winner, Kasandra Baptista from Huntington Avenue YMCA, but also two runners up - Andres Magra and Reda Darouanou. Here is Reda Darouanou's inspiring journey with the YMCA. Reda was a runner up in the contest and a teen member of the East Boston YMCA. Stories like his show the importance of all youth being given the opportunity to discover themselves in a safe, fun and education environment.
September 03, 2013
We all want more energy, be at our ideal body weight and have great looking skin. It's time to reanalyze and rebuild your diet to achieve these three things. Nutrition is always a limiting factor in body transformations. If you don't change your eating plans or fight off your urges, all your efforts in the gym are wasted. Overfed and Starving Our main problem is that food is made to look attractive; we are both overfed and starving. Many Americans are bordering on diabetic tendencies. Therefore, it’s a good idea to eat a diet that is recommended for those managing diabetes. Our tip for you is to take one step at a time towards a healthier you. Start with adding one fresh whole organic energizing food to your diet every day.
September 03, 2013
My husband recently gave me a blue Jawbone UP wristband to monitor my progress toward walking 10,000 steps everyday. I was skeptical at first about how this fitness tracking device would help me to achieve a healthy lifestyle. After all, it's just a device tracking my daily activities. However, having used it for awhile, I realize the amazing benefits of simply being aware of my physical activity during the day.
August 27, 2013
Fall is upon us; the warm weekend getaways have come to an end, the kids are back in school and it's time for you to get back into your regular routine! You know you have to do it, but you may be asking yourself, "Where do I start? What do I need?" Here are three simple steps you can take right now to rebuild yourself.
August 27, 2013
Many people join the YMCA of Greater Boston every day, feeling motivated to become fit and healthier. If you are one of those people, congratulations on taking the first step!
August 20, 2013
The YMCA of Greater Boston held an association-wide essay contest in the spring, asking teens to tell us about their dreams and how the YMCA is helping them. We received many wonderful submissions and decided the contest would not only have a winner, Kasanda Baptista, but also two runners up! We want to share with you Andres Magra’s inspiring and winning essay. Andres was a runner up in the contest and teen member of the Huntington Avenue YMCA. Stories like his show the importance of all youth being given the opportunity to discover themselves in a safe, fun and educational environment.
August 19, 2013
Every week night, around 6:30 pm, I open the doors to my apartment and jump in joy. Immediately, I blast my favorite song of the moment, Odd Look (A-Trak remix) by Kavinsky, and break it down in my living room to celebrate another day of hard work at the office. When I'm alone at my house, I am the Dancing Queen, but oh boy... when in public, body coordination is not my friend.
August 13, 2013
One afternoon, my coworker and I decided to take a free group exercise class at the Huntington YMCA during our lunch break. We randomly chose Stability Ball Conditioning, thinking that it would be an easy and fun class that wouldn't get us too sweaty before our return to work. The class surprised both of us as it utilized and worked more muscle groups than we had anticipated. As an intense cardio person, I was amazed to learn different movements and exercises. The exercises used subtle movements, incorporating multiple muscle groups and areas of the body seamlessly.
August 08, 2013
Growing up, I loved competitive sports (basketball and cross-country). If I wasn't practicing with the team or competiting in a tournament, you would undoubtedly find me at the fitness center. Although I never really liked working out at the gym, I loved what it did to my physique. I've always aimed for a vigorous yet short workout that would get the results I wanted in the quickest time possible. Naturally, I was never interested in exercises like Yoga. Despite being a skeptic, I decided to give it a try after having heard so many positive reviews of the free group exercise class.
August 08, 2013
Before a proper introduction to the free group exercise class, indoor group cycling, I was always perplexed by why my friends loved it so much. I had always thought it was just a bunch of people gathering in one room to ride a bike indoors with an instructor yelling at them to push harder. Being the self-motivated person that I am when it comes to fitness, I always assumed that the class was just for people who needed to be motivated in order to give their 100% in workouts. However, I learned that group cycling is so much more and I write to ensure that none of you make the same mistake about group cycling as I did for so many years!