3rd Annual Healthy Heart Family Celebration and 2 Mile Walk

Saturday, February 12th, 2011 at 9:00 a.m.

The YMCA and Sanford Worthington join together to sponsor this 2 mile walk for healthy hearts.

Schedule of Events:8—11 a.m. Screenings
8—8:45a.m. Group Cycling Class
9 a.m. 2-mile Sweet Heart Walk
10—11a.m. Aerobics Class
• The registration cost is $10/person.
Check-in / registration begins at 8 a.m. with the walk
starting at 9 a.m. Sanford
bottled water given to all participants.
• Daycare will be available.
• Discount coupons from local merchants also

Screenings to be Offered:
• Fasting Lipid Panel to include Total Cholesterol,
HDL (good cholesterol), LDL (bad cholesterol),
TC/HDL ratio and Triglycerides
• Non-fasting Cholesterol Check to include Total
Cholesterol, HDL (good cholesterol) and TC/HDL
Cost for either screening —$10
• Glucose
• Blood Pressure
• Measurement of Oxygen Saturation Level
• Body Composition Analysis and Body Mass Index
• Healthy eating display with healthy snacks for all

For further questions or to sign-up, please stop by or contact the YMCA at (507)-376-6197

Worthington Traveling Soccer/Futbol

The Worthington Area YMCA will be sponsoring the Worthington Futbol Club. Worthington F.C. is for both boys and girls. This organization is through the Minnesota Youth Soccer Assoication (MYSA).

There is a informational meeting with MYSA tonight (Tuesday, Jan. 25th) at 6:00 p.m. at the Worthington Area YMCA.

This is a spring/summer league that competes against other teams in the Southwest MN area.

2011 Spirit, Mind and Body Fitness Challenge

The Spirit, Mind and Body (SMB) challenge is a wellness challenge for everyone that is based on increasing physical activity and changing behaviors. This challenge is open for both families and individual members. This challenge will be broken down into 3 categories, Spirit, Mind and Body. Each category will have a point value assigned to each activity within that particular category. Each individual category will have a points champion and there will also be an overall points champion for the participant that accumulates the most points in all 3 categories. This challenge will officially start on January 1st and last for 12 weeks. Individual participants need to be at least 14 years old unless they have completed out Active Teens Class. Greta Farley, RD, LD, will be helping participants with their nutritional questions and goals throughout the challenge. The cost to participate in this challenge is $10 for each individual and for members competing in both the individual and family portions will cost $15.

Contact Ryan for further questions.

Lower Abdominal Myth

It is widely believed that the lower abs is exercised during a leg raise. However, it can be misleading to judge the mechanics of an exercise based on localized muscular fatigue. The primary muscle used in this exercise is actually the hip flexors. The combination of muscular fatigue, or a burning sensation from the contracted abdominal muscles, and from the working hip flexors produces fatigue in that area which we mistakenly interpret as the lower portion of the Abdominals being exercised. The abdominals are all one muscle. There is no upper or lower abs.

High reps burn more fat myth

Performing lighter weight with more repetitions (15-20 reps, 20-30 reps, or 20-50 reps) does not burn more fat or tone better than a heaver weight with moderate repetitions (8-12 reps). For the average fit person, it requires 20 to 30 minutes of continuous aerobic activity to burn fat. Performing a few extra repetitions on a weight training exercise is not significant enough to burn extra fat.
Typically with weight training alone, the fat loss is equal to the muscle gain, give or take a few pounds. Certain dietary modification can have much greater impact on fat loss than with weight training alone. The ideal program for fat loss would include the combination of proper diet, weight training, and cardio exercise.

New Group Exrecise Class

We have added a new group exercise class for the month of November!

If you have ever wanted to try Zumba then you should try our Latin Cardio Dance class.

Our Latin Cardio Dance class combines music and easy-to-follow moves to create a fitness program. The goal is simple: We want you to want to work out and to love working out. You can achieve the benefits of exercising while having fun. The routines feature interval training sessions where fast and slow rhythms are combined to burn calories!

This class is offered on Monday nights from 6:30pm to 7:30pm and the Worthington Area YMCA!!


Welcome to the Worthington Area YMCA’s Health and Fitness blog. My name is Ryan and I am the Health and Fitness Director for the Worthington Area YMCA. Through this blog we will provide Health and Fitness tips as well as answering questions that you may have. I would like to invite you to feel free to ask questions! Stay tuned for upcoming Health and Fitness tips…….