Kick winter blues with the YMCA of Greater Toronto and ParticipACTION

23 February 2021

Second set of multi-video exercise series released to help Canadians improve well-being and maintain New Year’s resolutions

Toronto – February 23, 2021 – The YMCA of Greater Toronto and ParticipACTION released the second series of exercise videos to help Canadians beat the winter blues, improve their well-being and maintain their New Year’s resolutions. The free video series aims to help Canadians stay active this season and features a new set of exercises including cardio training, strength and endurance.

The YMCA and ParticipACTION released their first set of videos on December 29, 2020. This second video series is designed for all fitness levels and intended to help Canadians improve their physical and mental health in 2021. The videos showcase a variety of exercises including cardio training, endurance, flexibility, balance and coordination. Research shows including varying workouts and exercises results in positive health outcomes and increases motivation – contributing to the maintenance of health and fitness goals.

“Following the warm reception for our first video series, we’re excited to continue sharing at-home exercises with ParticipACTION, especially now that all of us are spending more time isolated at home,” says Tammy MacDonald, Senior Vice President, Health & Fitness, YMCA of Greater Toronto. “Together with ParticipACTION, we’ve been able to showcase both our charities’ commitment to promoting physical and mental well-being, virtually.”

“This second video series arrives at the perfect time, when so many of us may be abandoning our resolutions to exercise and get active due to stress and lack of time,” says Elio Antunes, President and CEO, ParticipACTION. “It’s so important to stay active, especially during these colder months, because it provides much needed mental and physical health benefits.”

Starting today, videos are available for free on the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Sweat for Good app, as well as the ParticipACTION app. The ParticipACTION website and app also feature other motivational content like team challenges, workout videos and tips and tricks including a dedicated At-Home Activity content section.

If you’re looking for alternative ways to stay active and reach 2021 health and fitness goals, the YMCA of Greater Toronto also offers Y Virtual Memberships. By activating the membership on the Sweat for Good app, members have access to over 100 programs a month including Yoga, YMCA Arriba, YMCA TotalFit and more. Basic access to the Virtual Y Membership is free and includes four online fitness classes per week, carefully selected by the Y to give you a better idea of what is expected with unlimited access.

The free video series is available on the YMCA of Greater Toronto’s Sweat for Good app and the ParticipACTION app.

About the YMCA of Greater Toronto

The YMCA of Greater Toronto is a charity that ignites the potential in people, helping them grow, lead and give back to their communities. For over 170 years, the YMCA of Greater Toronto has provided opportunities for people to shine through a variety of programs and services including health and fitness, licensed child care, camps, employment and immigrant services, education and training, and services for youth, families and seniors. Serving diverse communities across the Greater Toronto Area with kindness, well-being, integrity, inclusiveness, respect and optimism, last year the YMCA made more than 700,000 connections across 450 locations. For more information visit

About ParticipACTION

Since 1971 ParticipACTION has been working toward a Canada where physical activity is a vital part of everyday life. As one of Canada’s most recognizable physical activity organizations, we deliver innovative engagement initiatives and thought leadership activities to help Canadians be more physically active and less sedentary, no matter where they live, work or play. ParticipACTION is generously supported by the Government of Canada. For more information, please visit