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YOUTH: Live the Life You Were Meant To

Written by YMCA Volunteer Blogger Chad Baird

What does health mean to you? During extensive interviews with Calgary youth, it became clear that there can be many different interpretations of the word, but they all center on a life that is fun and fulfilled. Words such as happy, Zen, whole, energetic, ripped, and active were descriptions of what the word health meant to young people just like you. However, this raises an important question: Do these words describe your life? If not, YMCA can help you reach your happiness goals.

It can be tough to manage the day to day! There are all sorts of regular responsibilities like school, work, laundry, dishes, relationships, vacuuming, clipping the cats nails, catching the bus… How can anyone find a free moment to workout and focus on their own health/happiness at a time like this?

Schedule some time at YMCA because the personal benefits are incredible. YMCA has its doors open from 5:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Physical activity can give you an outlet for your stress, channelling your energy, making you a more efficient person.

Jenéa McMahon (student) states, “Working out gives you a clear mind and moment to de-stress. When I go to the gym, it is a night and day difference in how I feel – I feel great!”

When you feel empowered, you transform into a powerhouse! Your schedule can become easier to manage because working out releases a large amount of endorphins. This endorphin rush (a.k.a. adrenaline rush) causes a greater amount of focus and mental clarity. This, combined with an overall feeling of health and wellness, will make you feel like a million bucks!

Throughout the interview process one point became exceedingly clear – young people love a variety of machines and a variety of classes. Well, it looks like you are in luck, because the YMCA has both! Collectively, the girls said they enjoyed using yoga mats, exercise balls, an assortment of leg machines, and cardio machines to tone muscle and lose weight. As a whole, the guys stated they loved to use free weights, weight machines, and a variety of cardio equipment to build muscle and advance their fitness level.

YMCA has an incredibly diverse gym which caters to every kind of fitness desire. To compliment this, there are fitness classes offered every week at YMCA. Spin classes, yoga, Zumba!, strength training, Pilates, water aerobics, rock climbing, swimming, full body boot camps, and so much more! These classes range from beginner training to intense fitness levels and everything in between!

A healthy lifestyle defines you and changes a person for the better. It is a way to maintain balance in your life and feel fantastic about yourself every morning. “I wake up happy, and I believe that everybody deserves to feel this way,” says fitness enthusiast Janine Poersch. Working out can create self-confidence, a greater quality of life, and can make you feel better physically and emotionally. Isn’t this what we want out of life? Being happy, being fulfilled?

This is not practice life. According to Kelsey MacCuaig (student), “When you don’t work out, you feel that a part of your life is missing.” Complete the puzzle and place the piece in the empty space. You are currently up to bat and YMCA wants to ensure that you knock it out of the park with a smile on your face.

Let 2013 be YOUR year! A life of health and wellness is on the horizon and the winds of change are blowing – may the breeze bring you through our open doors.

Written by Chad Baird | BCMM Public Relations Student | Mount Royal University

 

 


21 Questions for Kids Conversation

Find yourself sitting with the family and little to say? Wanna get to know what’s on the minds of your kids and unsure what to ask? Calgary’s Child Magazine provides this article on 21 Questions to Jump-Start Conversation with Your Kids:

“It’s evening. Maybe you’re lucky enough to be sitting around the dinner table as a family. Or perhaps you’ve got a few moments in the car with your child between activities. So you ask, “How was your day?” But all you get are grunts and shrugged shoulders. Instead you try asking, “What did you do in school today?” This time you get the customary one-word answer: “Nothing”.”

Read all 21 questions plus other parenting tips.


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


Exercise & Teens: Surprising Facts

By now, most of us have heard staggering facts about the levels of high weight and lack of exercise/movement in young people today. There are some facts out there though that still take us off guard.

Here’s an article on the Family Education website that reveals some new facts that still catch us off guard and provides suggestions for moving forward in a positive, healthy light:

“Every time our teens sprawl in front of the TV, their metabolism slows to a crawl. Researchers at Memphis State University and the University of Tennessee explored the link several years ago and were startled to find that kids’ metabolisms were lower while they were watching television than when they were resting and doing nothing at all! The typical teen now spends almost 30 hours a week in front of the tube, while eating high-fat snacks.”

Read the full article by on the Family Education website. Maybe you will have a chance to read thru other parts of the website – it’s a good one!


Win a PS3 at the CPL

Have a say & contest to win a PS3 at the CPS. The Calgary Public Library is conducting an online survey to get youth input on what the new downtown location should look like.

Fill out the survey & get entered to win a PS3. Contest closes Oct 30th.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SY29DRF


Nutrition for Kids

The Kids Help Phone website is a resource for children & youth to access with so many questions. Sections include information on nutrition and exercise. Talking about eating healthy and making smart choices is an important conversation:

We all know that when it comes to eating we have no choice – we have to eat! But we can make choices about the types of foods we eat. Eating is one of the great pleasures in life and is also important to your overall health.

Click here to read more information on nutrition on www.kidshelpphone.ca.


Tween Parenting

Are you parenting a tween? It is an interesting age of transition and change.

In a post on the Huffington Post blog, writer Lisa McElroy talks about her own experience parenting two girls going through this transitional time and provides some insight into what you can likely expect:

Yes, my girls are only 18 months apart in age, and right now they are 11 and 12 ½ years old. I’ve bragged for years that a huge advantage to popping out two kids of the same gender in just over a year’s time is that they’re best friends, they’re at the same point developmentally, and they like the same stuff.

I am cringing just thinking about how the moms who had tweens before me must have been laughing behind my back.

Click here to read the full post on www.huffingtonpost.com.

 


Parents: What You Can Learn from YouTube videos

In this Daily Dose by Jillian Michaels and further discussed by Meghan K. Scott on EverydayHealth.com, the topic of new uses by teen and tween girls for YouTube is raising some concern amongst parents:

“Girls, who used to share their teen angst with their closest friends, are now turning to YouTube to ask “Why am I not popular? Am I pretty? Why don’t I have a boyfriend?…”

Click here to read the full article on www.everydayhealth.com.


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