Exercise Makes You Smarter

By Margo White We used to think that if you wanted to grow your brain you learned a musical instrument or another language. But, as renowned neuropsychiatrist John Ratey explains, the science now shows conclusively that being fit is as good for your mind as your muscles. What exactly do we

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Where Are Your Deadlifts Going Wrong?

By Emma Hogan The deadlift is a fundamental strength training move that’s hard to beat. But if you want to maximize the benefits you need to know where you could be going wrong – and it all comes down to your elbows. Why we love deadlifts The deadlift is undoubtedly

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Lift Like a Pro- Protect Your Neck!

By Emma Hogan   If you haven’t caught on to the benefits of strength training you’ve clearly been living under a rock. Lifting weights are no longer just the domain of muscle heads; everyone can benefit from the improved muscle tone and calorie burn that comes from strength training –

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Born to Move: Children’s Fitness Classes Come to YWCA

By Shaunna Cullen YWCA New Britain is excited to announce new Les Mills Born to Move fitness classes for children ages 4- 12 years. The main goals of these fitness classes are to build confidence, skill, and for children to socialize with others their own age. "We make it our

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The Little Lie Even Fit People Tell Themselves

By Bryce Hastings Smashing yourself at the gym for an hour, then spending the rest of the day stuck in front of your computer or slumped in your favorite armchair watching television, is like being a marathon runner who smokes.  And just like smoking, sedentary behavior is bad for you,

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10 Reasons to Get Off the Couch

By Prof. David Cameron Smith Straight out of science, we bring you ten of the best research-backed, age-defying reasons to get moving. 1. Youthful looks: Exercise protects against wrinkles, crows feet and other signs of skin aging. Exercise triggers the release of interleukin 15 (IL-15) which prevents the loss of

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Summer Sizzlers Students Celebrate Worldwide Olympic Day

By Shaunna Cullen A fun run and inspirational speech from former CCSU football player and New England Patriots running back Justise Hairston were organized for YWCA's Summer Sizzler participants at Walnut Hill Park to celebrate Worldwide Olympic Day, Friday, June 23, 2017. Olympic Day gives kids the opportunity to get

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YWCA Celebrates Growth and Honors Volunteers at Annual Meeting

By Shaunna Cullen The 107th Annual Meeting of YWCA New Britain was held in June at the Back Nine Tavern in New Britain.  The meeting gathered together staff, volunteers, board members and friends to celebrate YWCA's successes in 2016.  Every year at the Annual Meeting we recognize outstanding volunteers and

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Six Reasons to Love Cycling

By Rebecca Lambert Cycling may conjure up images of tight outfits and packs of riders training outdoors, but that’s not the whole picture. Indoor cycling can get you the same impressive results. Those killer legs you’ve noticed pumping at the pedals can be yours. A cycling class combines a range

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How I Let Love Lead the Way On My Weight Loss Journey

By Heather Labbe I knew I was about 75 pounds overweight, but coming face to face with it in the three-way mirrors of the Lord & Taylor dressing room 12 years ago still caught be by surprise.  At first, I honestly thought someone else had come into the dressing room

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