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Remember When You Were Little?

Did you know, one out of three kids are considered overweight or obese? Many kids spend less time exercising and more time in front of the TV, computer, phone, or video-game console.

When going through your daily motions, it’s easy to not realize how many times we are eager to put a screen in front of our children’s faces. In fact, I’m willing to bet that most of you reading this don’t actually realize how many hours that adds up to, and I can’t blame you, an animated screen keeps them quiet when all you yearn for is exactly that, quiet. But you must realize, that’s not the way kids work, or at least should.

Think back to when you were little, and your parents did not have an iPad, or a phone to put in front of your face. What did they do? Your mind is probably drawing a blank because sadly, this has become a habit in modern day parenting.

Eating breakfast? Cartoons. Riding in the car? Cartoons. Sitting in a lobby? Cartoons. At what point, do electronics evaporate actual conversation?

Go back in time with me for a moment to when you were little. Remember waking up, groggy and sitting at the table for breakfast in silence because your mind was not ready to be stimulated yet?

Remember riding in the car and singing along to the Radio instead of watching a TV show?

Remember waiting in a lobby for your mom to get done doing whatever she needs to do in silence because God forbid you throw a tantrum? Yes, we all know what that ‘look’ meant.

If you were raised that way, why shouldn’t you carry those parenting styles over?

There is a reason the statistic of overweight children increases every year, and that’s because they are not playing outside anymore. They spend their time after school watching a program on the TV or on their iPads.

The Y recognizes this epidemic, and yes, I referred to it as an epidemic, because that’s what it truly is. Offering programs such as sports, swimming, karate and dance, the Y gives your family every opportunity to go back in time and live the life kids were made to live.

A life full of giggles, running around with their friends, and learning about friendship in reality, not virtually.

You have to understand, they will not get this time back, and when they grow up and look back on how they grew up, you won’t want them telling stories about how they played Football on the Wii, but they played football on a league.

Visit ymcaspbc.org/didyouknow for more information.

Inspiration Breakfast

Inspiration is defined as a process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. But what does it truly mean to be inspired or what does it look like?

For some, it may come from a speech they hear, seeing someone excelling despite the circumstances they have been dealt with, or simply a self-realization. This March, the YMCA will be conducting its 16th Annual Inspiration Breakfast.

Year after year, the Y does not disappoint, featuring the most inspirational speakers South Florida has come to know. This year’s keynote speaker is Head Coach of the Miami Hurricanes, Mark Richt. Football coaches, after all, are known for their inspirational pre-game speeches.

The purpose of this breakfast is not just to inspire, but to educate as well. The theme for the sought after breakfast is drowning prevention. Living in a water-rich (no pun intended) environment, drowning prevention is cause the Y feels very strongly about, even having a single department dedicated to this epidemic.

Florida ranks first in the nation for drowning-related deaths for children in the United States. Living in an area surrounded by water, safety is an issue that needs to not be taken lightly. Drowning is the 2nd leading cause of death for kids ages 5-14 and 88% of kids who drown do so under adult supervision.

With these numbers, the Y was reinforced with a call of action and started bringing on board more programs to lower these statistics.

The Y has created many outlets to help feed this hunger of water safety for the Florida community, from swimming lessons of all ages to volunteer and advocacy opportunities to be able to increase knowledge on safety tips.

For more information on this event, visit ymcaspbc.org/inspirationbreakfast.

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”- Helen Keller

Start the New Year with Color.

It’s that time of year to set goals and aspirations for the year 2018, so why not add brightness to your goals with the YMCA.

The Y hosts numbers of events for the whole family to enjoy. From parenting seminars, patio parties, or just spending a Saturday at the pool. So how do these programs bring color into your life?

The YMCA flourishes under four core values and colors and is shown through the services, members, and staff.

  • “Red: Caring. Committing to building relationships and demonstrates compassion towards others.
  • Blue: Honesty. Promoting Integrity and Trustworthiness.
  • Yellow: Respect. Treating all persons with dignity and acceptance.
  • Green: Responsibility. Being accountable for your promises and actions.”

By joining the Y, you become a member of the family and we encourage everyone to live by these values to help make the community stronger. The Y is always busy providing a variety of services, events, programs, and activities for all ages.

Many people think to get out and get active with the Y, you need to be a member. While a membership is always encouraged, the Y offers a number of volunteer opportunities as well. It is as simple as filling out a form, sending it in, and quickly, you will be volunteering for an organization that is way more than a gym.

“Respect for ourselves guides our morals; Respect for others guides our manners.”- Laurence Sterne

Be part of the community, add some color, and join our family!

Check out ymcaspbc.org for more information memberships, programs and how to start volunteering.

Welcome to the YMCA!

The YMCA is the nation’s leading nonprofit for strengthening communities through programs and services that nurture and enrich the lives of our youth, promote healthy living and embed the ideals of social responsibility. We’re for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

The YMCA of South Palm Beach County manages programs and services within the South Palm Beach County area and includes the following facilities: The Peter Blum Family Y of Boca Raton, The DeVos-Blum Family Y of Boynton Beach, The Schmidt Family Y Preschool at the Volen Center and the YMCA@901 NCCI.

The Y.™ For a better us.

You Should Workout with a Partner. Here’s Why:

Working out is a goal for us, moms. Right? Sometimes running after your toddler could be considered your cardio for the day. But how does one really get a great workout in without disrupting our children? Better yet, as working moms, how do we get a workout in between work and picking up the kids?

The first step is choosing a gym or venue to workout at that has a Child Care section. P.S. both the Boca and Boynton Beach YMCA’s have that. They provide electronic free, interactive child care while you exercise for up to two hours. For many families, the YMCA has become their “home away from home” due to all the activities they have for both the kids and adults.

The second step, check out the gym and the programs. The programs are where you can meet your next best friend. Workout partners can help you reach your goals.

In the trainer world, they call it “fitness accountability” because it maximizes your goal. That goal is what you look at most throughout the year. So many moms want to lose that “baby” weight plus a little extra, yet they fail because they try to obtain everything on their own. It has been proven that if you have the “right” workout partner, you can see a difference within a matter of a month. You both will hold each other accountable for your goals because that’s what friends do.  

10 Reasons You Need a Partner:

  • Achieve your goals within a faster time-frame
  • More engagement
  • It’s more fun!
  • Want to try new things, no problem. They will do with you.
  • Am I doing this right? They will help with your form to make sure you don’t hurt yourself.
  • Friendly competition.
  • You’ll push each other to go to the gym, even on the days you’re not feeling it.
  • Need a spotter? There they are.
  • Quality time. Introducing the new (healthier) form of girl time (so long pizza and Netflix!)
  • Get out of your comfort zone by trying things a Spartan Race or Tough Mudder.

You may have set goals for yourself but having a friend can only extend your goals. Those fitness goals can only reduce your stress levels, improve your health, get you out of your normal routine, and gain a new group of friends.

Come on out and find your new fitness friends.

Written by Ally Lamb, April 2017