YMCA of Greater Birmingham Blog - October 2017

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Y Get Horizontal? Redefine Your Body with Full-Scale Horizontal Conditioning

Y Get Horizontal? Redefine Your Body with Full-Scale Horizontal Conditioning by Jean Bowick Unlike many strength-building, resistance-training workouts, the  weight  used for horizontal conditionally is mostly your own. Props and fancy equipment aren’t required for this widely popular – and highly efficient – specialized, core-building program. What it does take, however, is grip, grit, and iron-clad determination. A challenging mix of muscle... Read More
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at Monday, October 30, 2017
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The Power of Perspiration - Get Ready To Get Sweaty!

The Power of Perspiration – Get Ready to Get Sweaty!   By Jean Bowick It’s not pretty, and the aroma is far from appealing, but there are many fine merits of working up a good old-fashioned, all-out sweat. In fact, if you stay sufficiently hydrated, there’s almost no such thing as  too much  sweat… regardless of what your work-out buddy may say. Sweating is beneficial to our bodies in a variety of ways. Since heat is intrinsically... Read More
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at Monday, October 30, 2017
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Exercise Balls: Balancing Work, Fitness, And Lots of Fun!

Exercise Balls: Balancing Work, Fitness, & Lots of Fun! By Jean Bowick They’re colorful and fun, extremely popular, and available in a wide variety of sizes and colors. We played with them as children, and now with our own kids, we still do. So how could these cherished, fundamental, long-time favorite toys of childhood become so traumatizing to a full-grown adult in a weight room? The popularity of exercise balls, also known as fitness balls, therapy balls,... Read More
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at Tuesday, October 24, 2017
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YMCA of greater Birmingham Hosts Inaugural Health & Fitness Fair

YMCA of Greater Birmingham Hosts Inaugural Health & Fitness Fair By Jennifer Neil The YMCA of Greater Birmingham hosted this free “thank you” event for the community – a testament that YMCA is dedicated to supporting health and wellness for all. Birmingham, Alabama – The YMCA of Greater Birmingham hosted its Inaugural Health & Fitness Fair on Friday, October 6, 2017, as an association-wide event. All branches participated city-wide either... Read More
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at Friday, October 6, 2017
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Row, row, Row for Your Health

Row, Row, Row for your health by Jean Bowick   No matter what your age is, a fitness plan that includes cardio (or aerobic exercise) is an important contributor to your overall health. The benefits of regular aerobic exercise include weight loss, increased stamina, and a stronger immune system. Endorphins released while you work out can also help improve your mood and sleep quality. Because it requires the use of so many major muscle groups, a rowing machine is an effective... Read More
Posted by Loyd McIntosh at Monday, October 2, 2017
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