Health & Wellness

More than physical activity and healthy eating, YMCA healthy living encompasses a holistic approach to well-being that significantly enhances the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

We provide a welcoming, safe and supportive environment for all ages to become healthier and stay well in spirit, mind, and body.



LIVESTRONG at the YMCA supports cancer survivors and their families through a no-fee 12-week, research-based program, that engages them in physical and social activities to strengthen the whole person.

Health & Wellness

PATHS TO WELLNESS: Programs that Heal the Whole Person: Emotionally, Mentally and Physically.
  • Fitness Center

  • Healthy Weight Loss Program - New!

  • Personal Training "Commit to Be Fit" Program - New!

  • Group Lifestyle Balance - A Diabetes Prevention Program

  • Physical Therapy


  • Delay The Disease

  • Enhance Fitness

  • One Step

  • Community Mental Health Initiative

  • Project Community Pride

Health & Wellness Blog

  • Staying Motivated

    Nov 05, 2019

    The best way to get out of a “rut” is to change up your routine. Trying a new fitness class or a new machine in the Fitness Center (ask a Fitness Staff member to help!) is a great way to do that. Small group training is another excellent way to get motivated and reach goals. There are many advantages to small group training that help overcome some common barriers to exercise. Some of the advantages of small group training are:

    • Variety: There are ever changing workouts and formats.
    • Economical: You have the attention and guidance of a certified personal trainer for a fraction of the cost.
    • Camaraderie: Get motivated, push yourself and help push others.
    • Adherence: Studies show individuals involved in group exercise tend to adhere to their exercise more often than those who do not participate in group exercise.


    The best way to stay motivated is to track your progress. Now, you can do that right on our very own app! Track your workouts, explore our workout templates to add variety, join challenges, get points to redeem for prizes and give us your feedback in real time.  Our Madison Area YMCA app is available on the App Store or Goggle Play. If you’re having trouble finding different routines, take a look at the “workout” tile. We have beginner routines, kettlebell exercises, TRX and more. There is something for everyone!

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