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Spring Clean Your Mind

The listed health benefits of positivity include lower rates of stress and depression, greater resistance to common illnesses or more serious chronic disease, improved coping skills during times of hardship and greater psychological and physical wellbeing.

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Social connectedness

A recent Australian study has shown that we are more digitally connected than ever with an estimated 87% of Australians accessing the internet every day. There are some huge positives to digital connection with it now far easier to stay in touch with family and friends over Facebook, share photos over Instagram or find and meet new people with the same interests on a whole range of apps and websites. Yet all this great stuff aside, we are now far less likely to actually pick up the phone to talk to someone or make the effort to meet in person.

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Wellness is the new Fitness

An online search for the word ‘fitness’ pulls up page upon page of commercial fitness brands all vying for your attention and ultimately, your dollars. And it’s big business. The fitness industry in Australia has seen an unprecedented boom in the past decade with five times more gyms, studios, bootcamps, boxes or boutiques now competing for a similar consumer share.

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Foods that make you feel good

Believe it or not food can have a huge impact on your mood. If you are wondering how than let’s get the boring scientific stuff out of the way. In fact, let’s just pop it into a picture.

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Why Swimathon matters to me - and many others

The power of swimming and water safety should never be underestimated.  It can be many things to many people from different walks of life and of all abilities.  In a land surrounded by water, the one thing it is to every Australian is a vital life skill.

Many of us take the swimming lessons we received as children for granted. But now older and hopefully wiser, we can stop and think about the barriers people with disabilities face when seeking to learn how to swim.

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Liliie's story: "YMCA has played a massive part in my recovery"

Since coming to our YMCA Lake Haven Recreation Centre in 2014, Lillie's life has been turned around, this is her story...

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Ruth's story: "Just because we get older doesn't mean you can't have a happy, healthy and fulfilling life"

Meet Ruth Wynter!

Ruth, 72, is a valued member of the YMCA family and a long-time patron of the Manning Aquatic Leisure Centre. This is her story...

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Dean's story: My confidence and self-esteem have gone up

Dean, 25, started working out with his brother at his local YMCA and says that while he was shy at first, his newfound confidence in the gym has helped him to find a healthier, happier version of himself.

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Marie's story: "I always put my husband and children first"

A busy mum of two, Marie credits her local YMCA for “changing her life”.

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Healthy changes at the YMCA

At the YMCA we think it’s time for a change. A healthy, active lifestyle and fitness oriented change. No excuses.

You can make this change at the Y. 

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Healthy Holiday Fitness Tips

The holidays are the perfect time of year to connect with friends, spend time with family and enjoy all the festivities. With just a few simple changes, you can set yourself on track for a healthier and happier New Year. You'll make it easier to beat the Holiday Bulge and that New Year's resolution won't seem nearly as difficult to obtain.

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