Ballantyne Magazine

SUMMER 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Y Programs Aid Goal Attainment In addition to the8colorsoffitness, the YMCA of Greater Charlotte offers these programs to help members stick to their goals: Weight-Loss Groups Made up of six to seven people who meet in a classroom setting once a week for 12 weeks to discuss topics such as goal setting, sleep, stress, nutrition and more. Meets at Sara's YMCA. Health Coaching A health coach provides an ongoing conversation in person, on the phone or over email to help set goals, create action steps and transform routines. Available at both Morrison Family YMCA and Sara's Y. Wellness Lectures A free lecture every Tuesday at noon at Sara's YMCA, during which local health professionals discuss topics such as diabetes, preventive health screenings and injury prevention. Broadcast live from www.facebook. com/SarasYMCA. Marvin resident Heather Ladue practices many goal- setting techniques that Kokenes and Daniels espouse. "My friends and I cheer each other's successes," she says. Ladue attends weekly meetings at Weight Watchers in the Ballantyne area and has lost more than 25 pounds. She also tracks her daily progress on the Weight Watchers app and occasionally uses a free smartphone app called MyFitnessPal. Ladue is also making herself accountable in a new way: by posting about it on social media. Nearly every week, she posts a picture of a green chair from her Weight Watchers meeting, along with how much weight she has lost, gained or maintained that week. Having a tie to social media where anyone in her friend group can check in on her has made Ladue more accountable, which she says has helped her stay on a steady track. "I used to like to see how quickly I could lose weight," says Ladue. "But now I'm more aware of slow and steady and noticing when and what I eat." Another tool to help people stick to their fitness goals is available at the 19-branch YMCA of Greater Charlotte. The8colorsoffitness.com helps members use the power of their fitness personalities to create exercise programs to which they can stick. Participants are asked to answer a series of questions that compare two statements and then decide which is truer for him/her. According to Senior Health and Wellness Director Natalie Daniels and Fitness Experience Coordinator Brett Ager, results of the test have been helpful to tailor individual workout programs, thus boosting members' chances of succeeding with fitness goals. Says Daniels, "My fitness profile says I like structure and consider working out to be like work, so it should be scheduled and set up in advance. On the other hand, my husband considers exercise to be fun, so for him, it should be varied and spontaneous. Knowing these differences can help people plan workouts that match their personalities and more naturally fit into their daily routine." eight six seven BALLANTYNE SUMMER 2018 70 Feature

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