The YMCA of Greater New York fitness app encourage healthy habits

The YMCA of Greater New York has launched the Y-MVP app, the organization´s first-ever proprietary mobile fitness app, the association said.

Available for free in the iTunes store, the Y-MVP app uses dynamic exercise “playlists” and digital badges to make fitness fun for teens, who spend more than 40 hours per week engaged in their screens1.

The app is based on the Y´s Moderate to Vigorous Physical Activity Teen Fitness Challenge, an innovative eight-week program that helps teens increase their daily levels of exercise. The US Department of Health and Human Services recommends 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day for children and adolescents.

Similar to the in-person program, the YMCA´s Y-MVP app engages users in a series of game-like “Challenges” which involve cardio, strength, cross-training and flexibility activities. As users complete and record different fitness “Missions,” they earn and accrue digital achievement badges. The app can be used independently of the in-person class to develop custom fitness routines by creating workout “Playlists” from more than 150 different activities.

The YMCA of Greater New York is dedicated to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families and communities. With a focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y nurtures the potential of every youth and teen, improves New York City´s health and well-being and provides opportunities to give back and support neighbors.