EASY TIPS FOR A HEALTHIER YOU

At the Y, we’re all about healthy living – healthy people and healthy communities. Healthy habits can be hard to form, so we’re here to help. Our new #HealthyHabits program will make healthy living easier!

Each month, we‘ll help you build a new healthy habit. Click on the “cards,” and follow us on social media for tips and tricks. Then stop by the Y to pick up your FREE “reminder” bracelet as a reward for a job well done.

But don’t stop there… We want to see lots of photos and videos of you, your family and coworkers practicing each habit. Use the hashtags so we can cheer you on. Post, tweet, tag and share – let’s see what you’ve got!

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YMCA Healthy Habits

Drink Water

Habits: Drink Water
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#HealthyHabits
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Healthy Habit Tips:
Drink Water

Habits: Drink Water
  • Add flavor to your water (fruit, cucumbers, mint)
  • Drink a glass after every bathroom break
  • Sip before, during & after each meal
  • Get a "fun" bottle you enjoy carrying, especially one that marks water levels
  • Take your water bottle everywhere with you!
  • Dilute any sugary drinks with water & ice
  • Invest in a water filter so your water tastes clean & fresh
  • Choose water over soda
  • Use the "pee test" – urine should be light yellow to clear, or else you need to drink more water!

YMCA Healthy Habits

Eat Fruits & Veggies

Healthy Habits: Fruits & Veggies
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#Fruits #Veggies
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Healthy Habit Tips:
Eat Fruits & Veggies

Healthy Habits: Fruits & Veggies
  • To get the recommended 5 servings a day, start eating them early, such as having fruit in your breakfast cereal.
  • Enjoy a smoothie by blending low-fat yogurt with fresh or frozen fruits.
  • Stock your freezer with frozen veggies to steam and stir fry for a quick and easy side dish.
  • Keep cut veggies handy for healthy snacks on the go.
  • Get a pretty fruit bowl - visibility encourages eating.
  • Try crunchy vegetables instead of chips and use your favorite low-fat dressing as a dip.
  • Make fruit your dessert, like a frozen fruit pop!

YMCA Healthy Habits

Do Cardio

Healthy Habits: Do Cardio
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#Cardio
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Healthy Habit Tips:
Do Cardio

Healthy Habits: Do Cardio
  • Shoot for at least 150 min. moderate or 75 min. vigorous aerobic exercise weekly.
  • Try to add a few more minutes each day.
  • Park the car away from your destination, walk briskly and swing your arms.
  • Include sprinting intervals: You burn more calories and build endurance when you have fast bursts of movement.
  • Do more than two types of cardio a week. Now's the perfect time to jump in the pool, try Zumba, cycle or BodyPump classes!
  • Hold walking meetings with your coworkers. Bike or walk to work if you can.
  • If you don't love to do cardio, schedule these workouts on your calendar. Think of it as an appointment for a healthier you!

YMCA Healthy Habits

Build Strength

Healthy Habits: Build Strength
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#Strength
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Coming
in
October

YMCA Healthy Habits

Sleep Well

Healthy Habits: Sleep Well
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#Sleep
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Coming
in
November

YMCA Healthy Habits

Be Happy

Healthy Habits: Be Happy
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#BeHappy
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Coming
in
December