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IS THAT SPORTS DRINK REALLY NECESSARY FOR YOUR WORKOUT? By Niki Bezzant for Fit Planet Chances are you’re putting back More >>


HIIT: FIVE WAYS TO MAKE SURE YOU’RE DOING IT RIGHT By Sarah Shortt for Fit Planet When it comes to More >>


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BODYPUMP By Emma Hogan for Fit Planet BODYPUMP is a barbell workout designed to get More >>


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RPM By Emma Hogan for Fit Planet Shift your fitness into a higher gear More >>

August Child Care Newsletter

  Click here to find out what’s happening in child care at the Downtown Y.    


ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BODYFLOW By Emma Hogan for Fit Planet A motivating blend of yoga, tai chi and More >>

all you need to know about body combat

By Emma Hogan for Fit Planet BODYCOMBAT is an energy-packed mix of martial arts moves that will get you fit, fast More >>

Smart Road Trip Snacks

Traveling with kids can be stressful, especially when they become hungry and if they are like my daughter who needs More >>

The Downtown Y helped Leatrice change her life!

Meet Leatrice Schoolcraft: Leatrice has struggled with weight and self-esteem issues for much of her life. Five years ago her More >>

Staying Active When Injured

Injuries are often unexpected, and dealing with an injury that derails your normal routine can be emotionally grueling!  After all, More >>

Top 10 Reasons to Learn to Swim

Swimming is a life-long activity that the very young and the very old can enjoy. It builds confidence and is More >>

Summer Skin Care

Getting outside to enjoy the beautiful weather is undoubtedly one of the top ways Erieites like to spend the summer. More >>

Volunteering is Good for Others and Good for You

Volunteering is a great way to make a difference in your community- and your personal well-being.  In addition to the More >>

Reducing your risk this American Heart Month

In the last blog post, we learned several ways to celebrate American Heart Month. Today it’s time to continue our More >>

Four Ways to Celebrate American Heart Month

February is American Heart Month, which is the perfect time to learn about heart disease and how you can prevent More >>

Meet Alex Shiftlett

THE Y. SO MUCH MORE. Meet Alex Shiflett. Imagine playing in the park with your 1½ year old son. It’s More >>

Why Working Out With Your Friends is the Best

A good pal can boost your exercise success Everything’s more fun with friends—and that definitely includes exercising. Not only is More >>

Replenish Your Lung Health and Love the Way You Breath

We all know exercising, taking care of our mental health, and eating a clean, balanced diet is the key to More >>

Smart Holiday Eating

Here are 10 ways you can avoid that holiday weight gain and still enjoy the holiday season: Eat your favorite More >>

Self Care During the Holidays

Life gets busy, self-care is often the first thing we sacrifice. This holiday season, commit to eating well, staying hydrated More >>

Rebuilding Nourishing Habits In the Fall

Tip: Invest time in rebuilding nourishing habits now to feel more resilient, energized and less stressed through the busy fall More >>

After School, Kids Discover Their Potential at the Y

When the school day ends, children and teens need opportunities to learn and engage in meaningful activities. Their success out More >>

Ready, Steady, Balance: Prevent Falls in 2017

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), an older adult in the U.S. is treated in the More >>

Solving Childhood Obesity: A Family Affair

September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month, and while the dangers of childhood obesity are well chronicled, many families need support More >>

Grown Up Fun in Adult Sports Leagues

Get into the game with team sports At the Y, kids don’t have all the fun—adults can participate in sports More >>

Quick and Healthy School Lunch Ideas

Start the year right with nutritious kid-friendly meals Try these four tips to make lunch preparation a cinch at your More >>

Yoga Changes Couples Course in Life

Hi my name is Angela and my husband and I were diagnosed with “Unexplained Infertility.”  What does that mean? Well More >>

Tips to Avoid Summer Slide

The school year is quickly winding down and coming to an end, but that does not mean learning should end More >>

The Y: Building Family Connections

First of all, I thank the Y for the opportunity to express  how significant the Y has been in my More >>

Tip: Eliminate added sugars from your diet to feel more energized, have less pain and a clearer mind, and avoid chronic disease

In our food environment, we are constantly surrounded by sugar. The 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend reducing intake of More >>

Thank You YMCA Volunteers

National Volunteer Week was recognized 40 years ago, created with a purpose to celebrate ordinary people doing extraordinary work to More >>

Top 5 Life Lessons Kid Learn From Team Sports

No matter what the activity, when kids are encouraged to participate in sports, they’re given the advantage of learning about More >>

Top 5 Nutrition Tips to Stave Off the Seasonal Blahs

The holidays have passed, the novelty of the new year is wearing off and the days are still a bit More >>

How CPR Saved My Life

I consider it a blessing that I have had the opportunity to help hundreds of people on their journey to More >>

Top 5 Reasons to Become a Lifeguard

Whether you are looking for a great summer job or career as a professional lifeguard, the YMCA of Greater Erie Lifeguard More >>

Top 5 Things to Consider When Choosing Childcare

Choosing the right partner to foster learning and life skills in your little ones is an important decision. We, as More >>

Top 5 Benefits of Personal Training

Is this the time of the year when you start going to the gym day in and day out?  Last More >>

A Champion’s Perspective on the QUAD Ski Race

How to train? I remember Kathy Iorio telling the kids at Kidshape to “hustle your muscle 60 minutes a day”.  More >>