...is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all.
The YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids is a powerful association of men, women, and children from all ages and from all walks of life, joined together by a shared commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility. We believe that lasting personal and social change can only come about when we all work together to invest in our kids, our health, and our neighbors.
Strengthening the community is our cause – everyday we work side-by-side with our neighbors in communities across Greater Grand Rapids to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow, and thrive.
We are dedicated to help you make healthy choices in your everyday life and have programs to help you reach your fullest potential in spirit, mind, and body.
Each human nostril registers smells differently
Smells in the right nostril are more pleasant than the left.
The average human body contains enough fat to make seven bars of soap
Yikes, that is kind of disgusting, but interesting.
Diets are a part of life
Take a healthy approach and combine exercise with healthy eating and you’ll do all right.
Deep breathing gives you health benefits similar to aerobics
Slow down. Take a deep breath. But, don’t forget to do aerobics to make your heart strong.
Each pound above your ideal weight lowers your life expectancy by 34 days
So, manage your weight through healthy eating & exercise. Our fitness coaches can help you!
The average human body contains enough iron to make a small nail
Hmmm, not sure what to say about this, but kind of cool.
Your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood each day
That heart sure does a lot of work. Keep it healthy with aerobic exercises.
The right lung takes more air in than the left
Take a deep breath, fill your lungs and relax – you earned it!
The most pushups ever performed in 1 day was 46,001
Want to learn how to do the perfect pushup, ask any of our fitness coaches for show and tell.
Gardening is said to be one of the best exercises for bone health
We knew Grandma was right on. Plant a flower or vegetable garden!
Your skin is an organ
This one just intrigued me!
A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons a day
Whew, no wonder we go through so many towels at the Y!
The heart pumps about 1 million barrels of blood during an average lifetime
Wow, the heart sure gets a great workout. Make sure to keep it healthy by taking a walk or run today.
Apples are more effective than caffeine at waking you up in the morning
They said an apple a day keeps the doctor away, now one more reason to start the day with an apple.
25% of your bones are located in your feet
Take care of your feet, wear socks that pull moisture away and make sure your shoes aren’t worn out.
There are 206 bones in the human body
Keep them strong with strength training exercises and healthy eating.
You burn more calories sleeping than you do watching TV
Turn off the TV, take a walk, and then go to sleep – think how many calories you will burn.
The beat goes on…
During a typical human life span, the human heart will beat approximately 2.5 billion times.
It takes about twenty seconds for a red blood cell to circle the whole body
Faster than a speeding bullet!