Wellness Tips from the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina

The holiday season is in full swing. Between shorter days, long shopping lists, and a bustling social calendar, it’s easy for moms to forget to take time for themselves and put wellness goals on the back burner. The result is that you end up starting the New Year feeling more stressed than ever.

The holidays are hectic, but we have a few tips to help you enjoy the festivities to the fullest and feel like your best self.

Make a schedule and stick to it. You know you’re going to be busy so schedule time for exercise. Whether you want to walk the track for 30 minutes or make time for your favorite group exercise class, planning ahead is often the key to success.

The Y has a wide range of group exercise class offerings from Zumba® to BodyPump® to Boot Camps – there is something for everyone. You can find the class schedules for your local branch, as well as others in the Association online here. Many members upgrade to a Metro membership during the busy holiday season so they can take advantage of flexible class schedules at multiple locations close to work and home.

Work out in the morning. If at all possible, Y personal trainers and wellness staff recommend trying to work your exercise time into the morning hours. When you’re able to get it checked off your list early, there is no room for excuses that pile up during the day.

Take advantage of childcare options. We know it’s hard to take time for yourself when you have little ones. That’s why the Y offers free Child Watch hours to members with household memberships. Enjoy the peace of mind knowing your children are with our trained, caring staff while you exercise in the building and participate in Y programs. Many branches also offer special events like “Parent’s Morning/Night Out” and “Drop and Shop” to provide extra childcare support for minimal cost during this busy time, which are also open to potential members. Check with your local branch to see when the next event is scheduled.

Don’t beat yourself up. One bad day overindulging at a holiday party or one missed workout is just that – one bad day. Don’t dwell on feeling guilty, just focus on getting back on track tomorrow with a fresh start. Personal training is a great way to hold yourself accountable and receive expert advice in a one-on-one setting. To keep the costs even lower, gather a group of friends and book a group session.

Find your balance. We believe that being healthy involves more than just being physically active. It also means ensuring that your whole being—mind, body and spirit—is healthy and balanced. Take time for yourself and look for ways to de-stress. Classes like BodyFlow®, which is a combination of Yoga, Tai Chi, and Pilates that builds flexibility and strength leaving you feeling centered and calm, is a great way to incorporate stress relief into your schedule. Many people also find that swimming laps or taking aquatic classes is very peaceful.

Get started on New Year’s Resolutions early. The Y’s popular “Pay the Day” membership special is just around the corner. Beginning December 26 through January 1, you’ll pay just a $1 joining fee for all new memberships. After the first of the month, the joining fee matches the date. On January 2, you’ll pay $2 and $31 dollars on January 31st. Find out more about membership at the Y here. The Y is the place for you to reach your wellness goals, get your kids involved in youth programs that teach values and emphasize fun, and help build a stronger community.

We wish you a happy holiday season! Stay in touch on Facebook and let us know your tips for staying on track during the holidays. See you at the Y!

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