May 13, 2013
There are many great reasons to ask the question “Is my child ready for overnight summer camp?”  Maybe you’re nostalgic and remember all the great summers you once had at overnight camp with your friends. Or maybe your kids are spending too much time plugged in and not getting enough time outdoors, a common problem for many kids.  Perhaps your child even brought up the idea on their own. Whatever the reason, this is a great opportunity for a two-way conversation with your child.  The more you discuss overnight camp with your child, the more worthwhile, inspiring and enjoyable a camper’s summer experience will be.
May 09, 2013
When I was a child, my dad signed my family up for the local YMCA, swim lessons, skiing lessons and encouraged us to run road races.  Thanks to these experiences, I became very passionate about exercise, which led me to study physical fitness during college.  I have had the privilege of spending most of my adult life doing what I love; being a fitness instructor.  Today, I would like to talk about Pilates – the exercise I’ve come to love most.
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.