VIRTUAL YMCA

At the Y, we remain committed to nurturing the potential of every child and teen, improving your health and well-being and giving back and providing support to our neighbors. That's why we're providing you with virtual access to the best group fitness classes on the go and resources for kids to learn, grow and thrive even when school's out.

Just because we aren't in the same room doesn't mean we can't be here for each other, together.

Check back daily for updated resources!


RESOURCES FOR HEALTHY LIVING

No matter where you are, your Y community is with you, because a community is always together.

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Workout of the Day

Stay motivated and stick to your goals with the Y's "Workout of the Day" challenge! Enjoy a new workout you can try each day. Workouts change every day and are a great resource to keep your routine fresh and challenging.

Remember to check-in daily for your workouts!


Sunday, March 29, 2020

FULL BODY WORKOUT

Today we have Tara Domiano with us for a full body workout! After the warm-up, perform each exercise for 1 minute followed by a 15 second recovery, 4 times through.


Friday, March 27, 2020

BODYWEIGHT CORE WORKOUT

Today is all about our CORE! We have multiple planks today to fire up almost every muscle in your body, especially your abdominals.


Thursday, March 26, 2020

STRETCHING WITH ALI

Today we have Ali Gardino, one of our Naples YMCA instructors, with us! Ali will be leading us through multiple stretching and relaxation techniques that not only help to calm our bodies and our minds, but also aid in strengthening the core muscles.


Wednesday, March 25, 2020

EMOM (EVERY MINUTE ON THE MINUTE) WORKOUT

Grab your timer and get ready to challenge your speed and endurance! An EMOM is a workout where you complete a number of reps each minute - You have to move fast to complete each exercise before the next minute begins!


Tuesday, March 24, 2020

500 REPS CHALLENGE

Today we have a fun CHALLENGE for you to complete. Move at your own pace, taking breaks as needed.


Monday, March 23, 2020

PILATES WITH SAMANTHA

Welcome back to another week of Workout of the Day! Join one of your favorite instructors, Samantha, for a 15-minute Pilates workout. Pilates is proven to strengthen your core as well as improve balance and flexibility.


Sunday, March 22, 2020

STRETCHING

Sunday is a day of rest. Enjoy a walk or slow-paced run followed by the following STRETCHES.


Saturday, March 21, 2020

TOTAL BODY WORKOUT

Today we will be working our ENTIRE BODY - beginning with upper body, then cardio, and finishing out with our lower body!


Friday, March 20, 2020

LADDER WORKOUT

Today we are going to complete a FITNESS LADDER! Work your way up the ladder by increasing reps and then back down with decreasing reps - You can make the workout more difficult by completing the ladder more than once!


Thursday, March 19, 2020

RUN AND STRENGTH COMBO WORKOUT

It is a beautiful day to GET OUTSIDE for a RUN AND STRENGTH combo workout! Feel free to do this workout at a park or around your neighborhood!


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

TABATA WORKOUT

If you know your instructors at The Y, you know they love a good TABATA workout! It's a version of HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) that will get your heart rate up and get you results!


Tuesday, March 17, 2020

CARDIO WORKOUT

Today is for CARDIO! Let's lift our heart rates and focus on our health for at least 30 minutes today.


Monday, March 16, 2020

STRENGTH WORKOUT

Today is all about STRENGTH! Let's start the week out right with a few muscle strengthening exercises.

YMCA 360

LES MILLS At Home

Workout at home with LES MILLS. This platform offers 95 free workouts across 8 categories. Classes include BodyCombat, HITT Training, LES MILLS Mindfullness, LES MILLS Training and more.

SilverSneakersĀ® On-Demand

SilverSneakers On-Demand features a wide variety of videos specifically designed for people ages 65 and up. Flexibility/mobility, balance, cardio, strength, and more: regardless of your abilities or interests, there's something for you.

LES MILLS for Kids

When it comes to learning a whole lot of cool moves from dance, martial arts and yoga, these classes are the way to go. Each 20 or 40-minute class is jam-packed with cool music and foundation fitness moves and fun games. This is sure to leave the kids (and parents) feeling great!

Youth Sports Performance

A program for young athletes to help develop overall athleticism and reduce injuries. Use these at-home drills to help take your skills to the next level.

 


STAY HEALTH-Y 600: FREE FITNESS CHALLENGE

Healthy living is an important part of our mission - and we want to keep that mission alive despite our current circumstances. It is important now, more than ever, that we come together as a Y movement to remain connected to each other and foster a sense of community. This challenge combines your Y community with Y-approved workouts - to help you stay active, connected, and motivated outside of the Ys doors. Oh, and to have a little fun and competition while doing so!

Sign up for the Stay Health-Y challenge using the confirmation code "STAYHEALTHY" and once you login choose team FLORIDA!

 


RESOURCES FOR YOUTH DEVELOPMENT

Time away from the Y is still an important time for kids and families. Check out these resources to help keep your children and family connected and engaged all year long.

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Scholastic Learning

Even when schools are closed, you can keep the learning going with these special cross-curricular journeys.

FunBrain

Funbrain offers hundreds of games, books, comics and videos that develop skills in math, reading, problem-solving and literacy.

NASA Kids Club

Find games of various skill levels for children pre-K through grade 4. These games support national education standards in STEM -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a free resource for students, teachers, and parents. They offer exercises, quizzes, and tests so students can practice and master skills, as well as instructional videos to help students learn or review material.

Choose My Plate

Check out the Choose My Plate website. There are lots of activities and games to play to help children learn the importance of eating healthy.

 


Easy and Healthy Recipes

One way to encourage kids to try new foods and adopt healthy eating habits is to involve them in the kitchen. Cooking together encourages openness to new and exciting experiences with food. From learning the basics to exploring cultural cuisine and advanced baking skills, children will learn how to serve up their own healthy meals and snacks at home.Here are our favorite kid-tested recipes submitted from Ys across the country.

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Slow Cooker Spaghetti & Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 1 (24 oz.) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 4 cups water (or vegetable or beef broth)
  • 1 lb. (16 oz.) box whole grain spaghetti
  • 24 count frozen turkey meatballs
  • Olive oil

Directions

  1. In a 6-quart slow cooker, pour in jarred spaghetti sauce.
  2. Add water (you can use the spaghetti jar & fill it up 1.5 times to get four cups). You will need enough water to cook the noodles; try using vegetable broth or beef broth for a kick of flavor.
  3. Break the spaghetti noodles in half and put in a large resealable bag.
  4. Coat the spaghetti noodles with a drizzle of olive oil. Close the bag and gently move the noodles around until they are all coated. 
  5. Remove noodles from bag and put them on top of sauce mixture; gently push them down so they are slightly in the sauce. 
  6. Top with frozen meatballs. No need to stir them in; just put them on top.
  7. Cover and cook on low for about 2 hours (until noodles are soft and meatballs are heated through). 
  8. Give it all a gentle stir to combine and serve.
  9. Add in veggies (carrots, peas, corn, etc.) for more nutrition.

 

This recipe was submitted by YMCA of Central Massachusetts

Bean and Vegetable Stew

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1-2 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 2 cans of diced tomatoes and green chilies
  • 1 can pinto beans

Directions

  1. Heat oil in a pan and add garlic, green pepper and onion.
  2. Sauté for 2-3 minutes, then add cans of diced tomatoes and beans.
  3. Let simmer for 15 minutes, then enjoy!

This recipe was submitted by YMCA of Western North Carolina

Slow Cooker Sweet Potato Quinoa Chili

Ingredients

  • 1 cup diced bell peppers (about 1 medium)
  • 1 cup diced red onion (about 1 medium)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (or 1 tsp.)
  • 1 ½ tbsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. paprika
  • 1 tsp. coriander
  • ½ tsp. cayenne
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3-4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 (28 oz.) can low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 large sweet potato
  • 1 (15 oz.) can black beans
  • ½ cup uncooked quinoa

Directions

  1. Add all ingredients into a slow cooker. Turn on high and cook for four hours; turn down to low and continue to cook until ready to serve.
  2. If too thick, stir in another ½ - 1 cup of water.

Tip: Serve with diced avocado and plain Greek yogurt (sour cream substitute) for more health benefits and flavor!

This recipe was submitted by YMCA of Western North Carolina

Banana Cream Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 6 ice cubes 
  • 1 cup low-fat plain yogurt 
  • 1 banana (sliced and frozen, if possible) 
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract 
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon, ground 
  • 1 tsp. flaxseeds, ground 
  • 1 tbsp. nonfat dry milk powder 
  • 2 tbsp. whole grain graham cracker crumbs (about 2 squares) 

Directions

Combine first seven ingredients in a blender and mix at high speed for one minute. Stir in whole grain graham cracker crumbs and serve in cup with a straw.

This recipe was submitted by Joplin Family YMCA

Banana "Ice Cream"

Ingredients

  • 1 ripe banana, peeled and cut into coins

Directions

  1. Freeze banana pieces in an air-tight bag for at least two hours, but ideally overnight.
  2. Blend the frozen banana pieces in a food processor or powerful blender. Keep blending until the banana completely smooths out and is creamy, soft-serve ice cream texture.
  3. Transfer to an airtight container and freeze until solid. 

This recipe was submitted by YMCA of Western North Carolina