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Fall Into Activity

The fall season is one of the best times of the year to get outside and be active. The weather is perfect for all kinds of outdoor sports including hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking.

If you are not feeling ambitious enough for a hike through Rock Cut State Park, walking around […]

Why Girls Should Play Sports

For many young people, playing sports is a no-brainer – especially for boys. However, many girls shy away from playing sports for one reason or another. This blog is for those girls. I want to convince you to rethink your decision – you’ll thank yourself down the road.

Playing sports impacts […]

Sports Health Rules 101

There’s nothing like the rush of running onto a high school football field on a Friday night, or suiting up for a wrestling match or volleyball game. And we all know it’s healthy, both mentally and physically, for teens to compete athletically.

But it’s important to match enthusiasm with common […]

12 Week Workout Update

Hello #bfitnation. This is my two week update on my calisthenic workout. The workouts are going well; some are definitely easier than others, but I am improving my performance and strength. Doing the challenge for the bfitteens blog has really given me the motivation to keep it going – even […]

YMCA Rockford Rowing Team

I never really was a morning person.  Five years ago, I would have never dreamt of voluntarily giving up those few precious minutes of sleep after snoozing my alarm, let alone giving up four whole hours.  Against all odds, that same soon-to-be-freshman grew to not only drag himself out of […]

Fitting Activity Into Your Everyday Life

A lot of times when people hear the word ‘exercise’ they cringe. Do you think of sweat, hard work and boring? Exercise doesn’t have to be dreadful; in fact, it can be lots of fun! It is recommended that teens get one hour of physical activity in each day. Read […]