May 01, 2013
As summer approaches, many people think of aquatic recreational activities. Over the past years, we have witnessed an increase in swimming facilities and waterparks in the Greater Boston area. However, even with this increase in accessibility, many children still do not know how to swim, putting their safety at risk. It is important for us to remember that swimming is not just a fun summer activity, but an essential life skill.
April 29, 2013
Like 65 percent of those who are reading this blog, I am a health seeker. I am one of those folks who wants to sustain good eating and exercise habits, but also needs ongoing support, guidance and accountability to stay on track. So, when the YMCA began free workshops this month about healthy living (Healthy Lifestyles Start Here), I thought, ‘This is my chance to learn more from our experts and share with my fellow Y members and community what I've learned.’
April 03, 2013
We hear about fitness everywhere these days, but there are tons of myths that swirl around the fitness world. Here are five fitness myths I often hear that I would like to bust: 1) Fat turns into muscle. Fat and muscle are two completely different types of tissues in the body, making it impossible for one to “turn” into another. However, by burning fat through a great workout plan, you can reveal the muscles that had been hidden by the fat layer.
March 29, 2013
By Mark Hank, ACSM cPT Many of us follow regular resistance training and/or cardio workout routines; but how often do we train for flexibility? For that matter, what is flexibility training and what are the benefits? When we hear the phrase 'flexibility training' we often think of stretching. Stretching actually consists of four categories: 1) static 2) dynamic 3) ballistic and 4) proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation (PNF). Of these, we're going to focus on static stretching which is what we commonly think of as the stretching activity associated with increasing flexibility.
March 05, 2013
Metabolic conditioning refers to exercises intended to increase the storage and delivery of energy for any activity. Most people focus on cardiovascular training and improving the transport of blood to the working muscles. Metabolic training conditions the muscles to better use the fuel delivered to them by improving the metabolic pathways. The way to do this is to complete a series of exercises, predominantly multi-joint in nature, while minimizing rest between sets. The goal is to call upon as many muscle groups as possible in a single training session.
December 19, 2012
By Joann Donnelly, MA, BCC, CHFS, Executive Director of Healthy Living and Chronic Disease Programs at the YMCA of Greater Boston For millions of people the start of a new year signifies the best time to create new goals for themselves. “Out with the old, in with the new” as the saying goes. Even with the best of intentions, however, the majority of us ditch those resolutions before the calendar hits February.
December 04, 2012
By Joanne Waterhouse, Fitness Center Coordinator at the Burbank Y Did you know that the average American puts on 7-12lbs around the holiday season?! Now that daylight is shorter and the temperature is colder, many grow lethargic and go home to eat and sit in front of the TV. Don’t fall into that pattern. Keep your workouts fresh and fun. You can switch up the classes you take, or even the cardiovascular machine you use. If you are working out with a personal trainer keep up with it, even if you have to cut back on the number of session per week. Whatever you do keep working out!!
November 20, 2012
We’re excited to announce that the YMCA of Greater Boston has collected more than 10,000 pounds of food for Boston CAN Share and food banks throughout the greater Boston area. All of our YMCAs are dedicated to social responsibility and reaching out and supporting our neighbors. Helping the Mayor’s cause of feeding the hungry in our communities is part of our mission and we tackled the campaign with great enthusiasm.
November 08, 2012
Almost every weight loss program teaches us that if we take in fewer calories and exercise more this will result in weight loss. If this formula is accurate, why are we one of the most obese nations in the world? This simple formula works temporarily but causes more problems in the long run. We need to turn our focus on the nutritional value of foods and whether or not all the organs in our body and our brain, are nourished.
October 31, 2012
By Mary O'Leary, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations LeDena found out that she was pregnant shortly after moving to Boston. With few marketable skills and no job prospects, she was forced to go on government assistance. “I didn’t want to take handouts from anyone, but I did it for my son. I knew I needed to acquire skills so that I could land a job and provide for my little family.” After completing the Y’s renowned 20-week job training program, YMCA Training, Inc., LeDena was prepared for an administrative career in the medical field. LeDena also credits Training, Inc. with “…inspiring me to be the person I’ve always dreamed of being. Today, I am a role model for my son and am currently employed at Children’s Hospital Boston.”