Taking Care of your Heart | A Health Seeker's Journey

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As we continue along our Health Seeker's Journey, we're focusing on heart health. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), heart disease remains a leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States.

It's important that you take care of your ticker - so that it can take care of you!

Movement for Heart Health

Exercising regularly can help prevent heart disease - yet with our busy schedules, finding time to move can be challenging. At the Y, we want to make movement easy for you to incorporate, no matter your schedule. 

  1. Go for a Walk
    Walking is a cardiovascular workout that doesn't require a gym membership. Walk in your neighborhood, at a park or in an indoor shopping center. Bonus points for inviting a friend to join you!
  2. Try Group Exercise
    We offer a variety of group exercise classes that are included in your YGBW membership - and we frequently add pop-up classes, family-friendly classes and new offerings like Les Mills Strength Development. VIEW SCHEDULE
  3. Combine Cardio and Strength Training
    People often associate cardio with heart health - but did you know that strength training is also an important way to protect your heart? WATCH AND LEARN
  4. Modify to Meet your Needs
    No matter your abilities, movement is the right fit for you. With a few simple modifications, you can incorporate movement into your day - even from the comfort of your home or office. WATCH AND LEARN
  5. Tune in to YMCA360
    Take your routine with you no matter where you go with YMCA360. Access is included in your YGBW membership and is available on any device at any time of day. WATCH AND LEARN


Importance of Blood Pressure Screening

In addition to getting regular exercise, it is important to have your blood pressure checked annually to maintain a healthy heart. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, often has no symptoms. Yet if left untreated, it can lead to heart disease or stroke.  

Our President and CEO, Bertram L. Lawson II recently recommitted to his own wellness journey. In addition to following a weekly exercise routine, Bertram took the opportunity to get a free blood pressure and glucose screening, compliments of Keystone First

Check out Bertram's experience to learn how quick, easy and important health screenings are.