February is American Heart Month and the Y wants you to take some time this month to think about your heart health. Recent reports from the American Heart Association share that nearly half of all Americans have high blood pressure.

Show some love for your heart with these five tips:

Get Physical: Being physically active every day is fun and can improve the function of your heart. Plan and schedule opportunities for active play; for example, include a brisk 10-minute trip around the block after meals or a 10-minute walking break during the day. If your family enjoys active video games, select versions that require moving the body’s large muscle groups while playing.

Take a Snooze: Lack of sleep can be associated with elevated cholesterol and blood pressure. Adults need at least seven, but no more than nine hours of sleep at night to aid with the prevention of heart disease. Children need 10-12 hours of sleep per night. Develop bedtime routines for the whole family to assist with falling asleep faster and staying asleep.

Shape Up Those Recipes: Makeover your family’s favorite recipes by reducing the amount of salt and saturated fat and substituting a lower fat food without sacrificing tastes. For example, use low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream and skip the seasoning packet and use pepper and olive oil instead. Read food labels to learn more about what is in the package, select foods that have less than 1,000 mg of sodium per serving.

Feeling the Pressure: Lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know the numbers. Discuss the results with your doctor if needed.

Play Together: Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Have a Family Fun Night, make homemade valentines for your children’s classmates or enjoy some time together on the basketball court.

Please remember that mask use by members and guests is mandatory at all times in the Y with the exception of while in the showers or pool. This means that masks are worn while playing basketball or racquetball, they are worn while using cardio machines, they are worn when lifting weights, they are worn during group fitness classes, they are worn while you are changing in the locker rooms; they are worn at all times! Full compliance with this policy is a condition of membership and repeated violations will result in membership suspension or revocation. If you witness individuals not complying with this policy, please report it to the Welcome Center so that it can be addressed.

Aquatics Updates

Lap Swimming Cancellations: Last minute lap swimming cancellations and no-shows have become a problem to the point that the Y is now strongly considering a cancellation/no-show penalty fee and terminating lap swimming privileges for those who continually fail to cancel in a timely fashion. Lap swimming is already extremely limited for members and last minute cancellations or not showing for a scheduled appointment takes away from other members who would like the opportunity to swim. Please honor our YMCA values of honesty, caring, respect, and responsibility by being mindful of your scheduled appointments and by making any cancellations at least 12 hours in advance of your appointment. This will give other members plenty of opportunity to take that appointment. We will monitor cancellations for the next few weeks in the hopes that this reminder will encourage more thoughtful behavior. If not, we will institute the above mentioned measures.

Private Swim Lessons: There are a limited number of spaces remaining for the next session of private swim lessons beginning next week. Private lessons are open to all members ages 5 and older (including adults!).

Women Swimmin' Event - Swimming with Icebergs: Women Swimmin’ for Hospicare presents an evening with Jaimie Monahan, a world record holding ultramarathon and ice swimmer and Cornell alum. Jaimie will tell the story of how she became interested in ice swimming and share stories and pictures from her open water swims on all seven continents. Jaimie will also provide tips on open water swimming for new and experienced swimmers alike. 

Please RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!

Thursday, March 18th from 7-8pm. Via Zoom. Free and open to the public. REGISTER HERE. For more information email womenswimmin@hospicare.org or call 607-272-0212 with questions.

How To Get A Great Swimming Workout In A Short Time: Scott Bay, a U.S. Masters Swimming certified Master Coach, offers some great insights in his latest article

Mind Your Feet!

Please remember to bring clean footwear to wear while in our facility. Dirty shoes damage floors and equipment especially this time of year with excess water, salt, and mud. Boots and street shoes should never be worn on any of the courts or while using any of the equipment.

The Y Is Hiring

The Y is currently hiring for multiple positions including Welcome Center representatives, lifeguards, and school age child care counselor for our Groton after-school location. Please visit our careers page to view the job descriptions and download an application. Please share this information with anyone who may be interested.
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