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Friendships Are Good For Your Health

The benefits of exercise are widely-known, including strengthening bones and muscles, gaining more energy, and improving your overall health, just to name a few. But did you know what can be just a good for your health? Having friends to enjoy those workouts with!

Joining the Y, which features numerous and diverse group fitness classes, cardio and strength machines, pools and so much more, can help you be successful in exercising regularly. But the Y offers more than just the opportunity for you to accomplish physical changes – you can also strengthen and improve your emotional wellness too.

Positively encouraging one another, accountability, the fun of working out together with awesome group fitness instructors and pushing each other through setbacks are just a few of the reasons they say their friendship is so valuable. While physical health may have initially brought them together, their friendship has evolved into so much more.

When you join the Edwardsville YMCA, you belong to a community of men, women and children who strive every day to be healthy, confident and connected. The Y is a place where adults connect with and make friends, pursue interests and learn how to live healthier. Children and teens play, learn who they are and what they can achieve, and are accepted. Parents find a safe, positive environment for their children to learn good values, social skills and behaviors. Communities thrive because neighbors support each other and give back. We all build relationships that further our sense of belonging and purpose. Because the Y is for everyone, we bring together parents and kids like no other organization. Children can begin learning a sport from a young age and hone their skills that can last a lifetime. Adults have the opportunity to try new things either for themselves or with their children. From

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