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Cheeky Mama: YMCA a life-changer for entire family

Published: Monday, March 20, 2017 12:35 a.m. CDT

YMCA stands for Young Men’s Christian Organization. It used to help struggling men seek shelter and the Lord.

The name does not serve the purpose anymore. The “Y” serves as a community outreach for all women, men, children and families. It still is Christian-based, but it also accepts members of other religions. The YMCA promotes more positive character and values than anything else.

The Kishwaukee YMCA has been a life-changer for my family. We once were a member of another local gym that was open 24 hours.

However, we couldn’t always find a baby sitter so we could go when it was convenient for us. So we were not even exercising five days a week or for even an hour.

We were wasting money for a sitter and on membership fees. We felt like we were battling so many things just to work out.

One of our neighbors told us about the “Y” located off Bethany Road. At first, my husband was opposed to joining. He thought that it was too far for us to drive just to work out. I convinced him to at least tour the facility. The equipment was up to date, and the facility was very clean.

Although the staff member was discussing the facility’s many amenities, he or she had me at two hours of free child care. I thought to myself, “Did I hear that correctly? Can both my husband and I actually work out for more than an hour without paying a sitter?”

This benefit had me sold. All I needed to do was convince my husband to join. It was easy when they said they accepted military discounts.

I was so eager to start our new workout routine. Like anything, the first time we went to the YMCA it was a little awkward. 

When we dropped off Hannah Jo at the Kid Zone, we also were concerned that she would not enjoy it. When we returned from our awesome workout, we knew we made the right choice. She was happy to see us but didn’t want to leave.

The YMCA has been a place for my husband and me to enjoy quality time together. It also has given me time to relax in the sauna or walk the track while checking emails and Facebook.

It offers various classes for Hannah Jo as well as adults. As a family and for the price, it is by far the best investment we have made in a long time.

God bless the YMCA for giving me the reprieve and service we need.

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