BECOME YOUR BEST SELF

Being healthy means more than simply being physically active. It’s about maintaining a balanced spirit, mind and body. The Y is a place where you can work toward that balance by challenging yourself to learn a new skill or hobby, fostering connections with friends, or bringing your loved ones closer together through our many family-centered activities. At the Y, it’s not about the activity you choose as much as it is about the benefits of living healthier on the inside as well as the outside. For more information, contact Brett Van Pelt at 252-972-9622 x.245 or bvanpelt@rmymca.org

Our Wellness Department is located on the 2nd floor of our facility and offers state of the art, updated cardio & strength equipment, a walking track, group exercise classes, free weights and fosters an atmosphere that helps you feel comfortable. This department includes the following programs/services:

FEBRUARY IS AMERICAN HEART MONTH: FIVE TIPS TO GET HEART HEALTHY 

February is American Hearth Month and the Y wants to help your family get heart healthy. Here are five things you can do to help your heart.  

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.

EAT FOR YOUR HEART

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. Check out some healthy recipes here. 

KNOW YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE

Per the American Heart Association lowering or maintaining normal blood pressure can greatly reduce your risk for heart disease and stroke. Nearly 1 in 3 adults (about 80 million people) has high blood pressure and more than half of them don’t have it under control. Start self-monitoring your blood pressure and know the numbers. Discuss the results with you doctor if needed. 

PLAY TOGETHER

Spending time together as a family is a great way to reduce stress, which is important to heart health. Make homemade valentines for your children’s classmates or build a snow fort together in the yard or the park.  

Post-Rehab Program

Coach Approach

Personal Training

Teens In Training (T-N-T)

Couch 2 5K

MINDful Movement