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August 25th is YMCA Night at the Otters

August 6, 2018

We’re celebrating our Y family on Saturday, August 25th as the Evansville Otters take on the River City Rascals. FREE tickets are available to all YMCA members, staff, and volunteers at the front desk at either the Downtown or Dunigan YMCAs.

2018 5K/10K Results

August 5, 2018

We had so many people support us by running/walking in the 5K/10K on Saturday, August 4th.  Thank you to everyone that participated and to all the volunteers that helped make it happen.  Check out the race results »

2018 August Scripture of the Month

July 31, 2018

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  – Exodus 14:14

7 Keys to Back to School Fitness

July 31, 2018

Summer draws to a close and school is right around the corner for many children and parents. In one sense, it’s a relief.

But we all know it’s not that easy. With the school year comes the added stress of homework, extracurricular activities, waking up early, and carpooling. I’m cringing as I type.

As a mom, it’s hard enough to keep up with exercise without all the added stress thrown in. Here are eight ways to maintain your fitness and your sanity throughout the craziness of back-to-school season.

1. Manage Your Stress

Doing an activity every day, just for the sake of enjoyment, is one of the best ways to minimize stress. Before the school year starts, sit down and make a list of ten activities you enjoy. Don’t put too much thought into it; just let the thoughts come. Here’s an example list:

  1. Hiking
  2. Reading a novel
  3. Working in the garden
  4. Doing yoga
  5. Writing poetry
  6. Dancing
  7. Playing piano
  8. Knitting
  9. Baking
  10. Taking a hot bath with essential oils and magnesium salts

Every day, do at least one of these things for a minimum of thirty minutes. If you find yourself thinking, “I don’t have time for that,” take a step back and think about what this means. If you don’t have thirty minutes a day to do something you enjoy, you need to re-think your life.

2. Eat Food You Like

A healthy diet won’t be sustainable if you don’t enjoy the food you eat. During this busy time of year, it can become even easier to slip into bad eating patterns. If your healthy food is also food you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to eat it.There are plenty of delicious and nutritious foods out there, so don’t settle for bland and boring just because it’s good for you.

3. Play With Your Kids

It shouldn’t be hard to play with your kids, but sometimes it can be difficult to go from get-things-done mode to play mode. Challenge yourself to make that transition once a day. Losing yourself in play and forgetting about all the things that need to be done will go a long way in easing anxieties and worries you might have.

Physical play presents some opportunities to get in a few exercises with your kids as well. For example, create obstacle courses that involve movements like crawling, carrying, balancing, and hanging. When your kids get home from school, run the course with them a few times to get in play time and a short workout as a bonus.

4. Move Some Weight

Resistance training is your friend so get lifting. That can mean anything – bodyweight exercise, kettlebells, or Olympic lifts. Not only is moving weight around regularly good for your health – bone and joint health in particular – but it also relieves stress. It doesn’t have to be complicated and require a lot of equipment, either. Bodyweight exercises like pull upsmuscle upsdips, and pistols are challenging and fun to progress as well.


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5. Walk Every Day

Walking is an easy activity to do every day. Walking helps balance the pelvis and relieve stress. It’s also something you can do anywhere, with or without your children. Aim to walk briskly for at least thirty minutes every day.

6. Sleep Whenever Possible

If you’re a parent, particularly one with young children at home, sleep needs to be a priority. If possible, take naps during the day with your younger children. Go to bed at least eight hours before you need to wake up. That way, even if your kids keep you up for two hours at night, you’ll still get in a minimum of six hours of sleep.

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7. Set Goals and Reward Yourself

During hectic times, having small-scale goals that fit into a big-picture scheme is a helpful way to make sure you accomplish the things that are most important to you. This applies to all aspects of life.

And don’t forget to reward yourself when you achieve your goals. When your children work hard to make progress, you reward them, right? The same should apply to you.



Remember, don’t let Facebook status updates and viral photos of perfect bodies fool you. Taking care of kids and keeping up with exercise is not always easy or glamorous. There will be days when the last thing you want to do is pick up something heavy because you’ve been dragging around kids all day.

The key is to remember fitness isn’t just about fitness. There are other aspects at play that are just as important – if not more important – than grinding it out in the gym. So when the going gets tough and you find yourself grimacing at the thought of exercise, think outside the box and evaluate other lifestyle factors first.

Source: Nicole Crawford,

Building Possibilities With A New Downtown YMCA

March 8, 2018

We are excited to announce our intention to build a new Downtown YMCA!

Although we remain in the fundraising phase and our timeline is not final, we felt the need to announce the next step in this important redevelopment project. As you know, we have been diligently researching and evaluating whether to renovate the existing building or to build a brand new building as part of the Regional Cities initiative.

Given the recent announcement regarding housing tax credits for the redevelopment of the 1913 building (the back portion of the building), we felt the time was right to announce our progress in the redevelopment process. Our Y has been serving Evansville for over 150 years, and we feel that a new building will allow us to better serve our members and community for years to come.

Our new facility will be built across the street where our current employee parking lot and the Evansville Housing Authority reside. We will operate in our current Sixth Street facility until the new building is complete.

With so much focus on the possibilities of the new building, we have not determined what will happen with our current facility. As we near completion of the new Y, we will begin to evaluate options for the current property.

We will keep you updated on the progress and timeline of final building plans as they are developed, but we are excited for the all the possibilities to come.

Dunigan Open Gym – Guest Policy

August 31, 2017

In order to better serve our members during high gym usage,  starting Sept 5, 2017 – Mar 31, 2018, we will have the following policy for Guest access to Open Gym:

Monday – Friday (9AM-7PM)

  • Purchased Guest Passes will not include access to Open Gym.
  • Complimentary Passes will have restricted access based on court usage.


Saturday (6AM-5PM)

  • No Purchased or Complimentary Passes will have access to Open Gym.
The above policy refers only to guest access to Open Gym time. Guests still have access to other areas and group exercise classes. We reserve the right to deny guest access to open gym at any time based on high court usage by members.