The Summerville Family YMCA, it’s our goal to help our members successfully meet their fitness goals, while creating a healthier lifestyle. As we begin the new year, here are five tips to help you reach your goals.

1. Leave Insecurities at the Door

Everyone belongs at the Y.  It is a safe place where people of all levels, ages and body types can come as they are with the goal of improving their well-being.  Whether you want to try an elliptical, lift weights with a trainer or find stillness in a yoga class, be confident in yourself!  You are on your way to getting fit-the member next to you is taking those same steps!

2. Set a Schedule and Stick to It

What type of exercise will you get the most out of?  What days and times work the best for your schedule? If you aren’t sure what you want to do, try a different group fitness class at our Downtown Family Center or The Ponds Family Center.  Try  a water aerobics class or try circuit machines. Be realistic and pick a number of workouts that you know you can fit into your family’s schedule. Sticking to a workout schedule will keep you walking into the YMCA every week, assuring that you get the exercise that you need and you feel good about your membership.

3. Take Advantage of the Childcare Development Services

Your membership includes access to childcare. Our wonderful YMCA employees are ready and waiting to play with your kiddos at no extra charge so you can work out.  Your kids will have a great time in a safe, enriching environment while you clear your head and exercise. Sweat away the stressors of parenting then pick up your happy kids as a healthier, more peaceful parent.

4. Get the Whole Family Involved

Your entire family will benefit from the improved lifestyle a YMCA membership offers. Get your partner and kids involved. Encourage your significant other by helping set aside time for both of you to work out. Make exercise a priority in your relationship. When your kids see you get serious about exercise, they will want to get active too. We offer programs for everyone! The kids can join team sports, go to the YMCA camp or after school program, or do age appropriate work outs. Making exercise at the YMCA a part of your family life can lead to your family making healthier choices all the time.

5. Have Fun!!!

The YMCA is different from other gyms because it is so family friendly and offers such a nice variety of activities. Working out shouldn’t be a chore. If you make it fun, you will find yourself at the YMCA using your membership more and more. Make one of your weekly exercise classes a time you spend with a friend.  After a good work out, pick the kids up from the childcare center and take them to play in the pool.  If the YMCA is fun for you and your family, you will want to be there!

Do you have questions? We have the answers and our staff would love to talk with you!

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