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YMCA and ParticipACTION Team Up!

The perfect start to a fitness journey

Are you thinking of starting a new fitness routine or getting back into one after an injury or a long period of being inactive? Does the thought of doing uncomfortable workouts that leave you sweaty and sore hold you back from wanting to get active? Believe it or not, exercise doesn’t have to be that way to be beneficial!

YMCAs across Canada and ParticipACTION have teamed up again in 2022 to help give all Canadians a mood boost by getting them active no matter where they are in their physical activity journey. This partnership features two new video series scheduled for release throughout the winter.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, there have been significant challenges for Canadians to stay active given public health restrictions and closures. This continued partnership reinforces a shared commitment to promoting well-being, including mental health and physical fitness, and comes at the perfect time to support Canadians renewed focus on living healthier and more active in 2022.

The first video series focuses on low intensity workouts created to be fun yet still beneficial and varies from low intensity strength workouts to stretch sessions. These videos are recommended for those returning to exercise after injury, after a long period of inactivity, or for those who are starting a new exercise routine. Daily low intensity exercise can also benefit everyone, as participating in low intensity throughout the day reduces sedentary time, helping to manage or prevent health concerns including high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and heart disease, and has been shown to reduce feelings of stress and fatigue while increasing mood.

“This partnership highlights our mutual recognition of the powerful role that physical activity plays in our overall health and well being.” says Elio Antunes, President and CEO, ParticipACTION. “Many of us find it hard to get moving during the colder months, especially now with continued public health restrictions, and these videos can help unlock the many physical and mental health benefits that come with being active.”

Watch Series 1

Series 1 features 3 videos with varying exercises from cardio training, to strength and endurance, to flexibility and balance, across differing intensity levels.

Watch Series 2

Series 2 features 5 workouts designed to improve overall fitness by challenging: balance and stability, muscle strength and endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular strength and endurance, as well as reactivity and agility.

All videos can also be found for free on ymcahome.ca/participaction and on the ParticipACTION app, where you can find other great videos, motivational content like team challenges, articles filled with tips and tricks and the chance to win awesome prizes!

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