When individuals and families become involved with the YMCA of Greater Louisville, they have the opportunity to improve their health and well-being and connect with the community, all while participating in their favorite program or activity at the Y.

During this time of year, when we start anew after the holidays, we are especially focused on becoming healthy and perhaps losing some of those holiday pounds.

The Y is a leading voice on health and well-being issues and is committed to empowering people to lead fuller lives. Because we know that healthy lifestyles are achieved through nurturing mind, body and spirit, well-being and fitness at the Y is so much more than just working out. Beyond fitness facilities, we provide educational programs to promote healthier decisions, and offer a variety of programs that support physical, intellectual and spiritual strength.

Most importantly, our talented and supportive staff help our members find health and balance in their lives. That’s why we’re here every day, helping members know what they’re capable of and providing encouragement all along the way.

To help even more people benefit from the Y, we are waiving the join fee, through January, at all 11 locations! And as always, we offer financial assistance to those in need to help ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to engage with the Y.

Tips for a healthier you in 2017

The New Year is a great time to make a fresh start. We all are on a mission to set new goals and begin the year working toward a stronger and healthier YOU. The YMCA of Greater Louisville would like to offer some tips for making resolutions that stick and show results.

Creating a successful and effective New Year’s resolution is easier than you might think: Be SMART when setting your goals.

SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic and Time-Bound.

  • Specific: The more specific your goal, the better your chances of achieving it.
  • Measurable: It’s easy to lose motivation if you’re not able to track your progress.
  • Actionable: You should be able to form an action plan for your goal.
  • Realistic:Everyone has limitations, and you need to recognize your limitations when thinking about your resolutions.
  • Time-Bound: Think about breaking your long-term resolution into shorter time periods.

Still not sure what a SMART goal would look like? No worries; here’s an example: “To be healthier, I will lose 20 pounds by July 1 by exercising at the gym for at least 30 minutes a day, three days a week and eating fast food no more than two times a week.”

The specific goal is to lose weight in order to be healthier, and it can be measured in terms of pounds lost. The actions you take to reach this goal include going to the gym (for a measurable amount of time) and eating less fast food. Studies show that healthy weight loss is one to two pounds per week, so it is realistic to lose 20 pounds over the course of six months. Finally, with the July 1 deadline, you have a reasonable time frame in which to reach this goal of losing 20 pounds.

Try the Y for free

We invite you to try the Y for free, then choose the membership that builds spirit mind and body, and strengthens community.  Your membership will not just bring about meaningful change in yourself, but in your community, too.  At the Y, the possibilities are as endless as how good you’ll feel.

The Y is the perfect place to find YOUR perfect fit.