Snowstorm, hurricanes, tornado watches.There have always been reasons why people have had to spend days or weeks at home unable to go about daily activities. This situation is different and, quite frankly, unprecedented.
Our mental health is very much connected to our physical health and well-being. If we are going to survive this in good health, we need a plan to maintain our bodies and minds.
In normal times we could drive to the gym and work out, play a pick-up game of soccer, or take a yoga class. These aren’t normal times, so we need to be creative. Now is an excellent time to explore new resources for working out, try new exercise routines and shake things up a bit.
Televised workouts and fitness apps have been around since The Jack LaLanne Show first began in 1953 on a local morning program in San Francisco. Jane Fonda, another pioneer in exercise, released her first exercise video in 1982, Jane Fonda’s Workout, which became the highest-selling VHS of all time. I’m sure you can find it online somewhere if you are nostalgic for spandex.
Nowadays, however, we are more likely to use apps on our phone or watch YouTube videos to get fitness motivation and guidance. Here are a few suggestions.
Apps, Videos, and Streams
An app which helps with diet and all aspects of fitness. Learn about nutrition and healthy cooking as well as exercise routines.
YMCA 360 is an on-demand video platform with a wide variety of classes, including bootcamp, barre, yoga, weightlifting, tai chi and more. No membership is required at this time.
Planet Fitness has launched Home Work-Ins. Free online workouts will be offered for a limited time streamed via Facebook Live. Get moving with their trainers and even some surprise celebrity guests for a 20 minute workout to relieve stress and stay healthy. Just visit their Facebook page at 7 p.m. to join in — or watch them later, as replays will be available.
FitOn offers a selection of classes like Yoga, Strength Training and Cardio both on demand — and live classes throughout the day. The company also offers a variety of challenges like the 10-day kickstarter challenge that will help you work towards your fitness goals.
Peloton App is offering a FREE 90-day subscription. It includes thousands of live and on-demand classes to help you meet your goals, including running, strength, toning, cycling, yoga, meditation and outdoor workouts.
The global fitness giant has partnered with Fitness On Demand to offer FREE 90-day global access to its diverse fitness library. You’ll find Sweat Factor, SH1FT, Daily Burn and many more. All content is geared to the at-home workout with little to no equipment and no studio required. Click on “Get 90 Days Free Access” and then you’ll have to type in your email address.
Nike Training Club
Sessions range from 15-60 minutes and include over 200 workouts are great options to get started with. They offer everything from bodyweight-only to full-equipment workouts for everyone at all fitness levels.
A favorite youtube channel for the college students, it offers anything from 3 minutes quick workouts to tone abs to full body, 30 minute routines with weights and bands.
The web page also allows you to select workout based on duration , type, equipment available and difficulty.
Gaynor Mindin Instagram Live
Ballet classes taught by professional dancers. There’s a variety of styles and forms to suit your curiosity.Recent class taught by Janie Kopit from Nashville Ballt taught a body conditioning class appropriate for dancers and non-dancers. #gmathome or if you miss the live it’s available on IGTV on Gaynor Mindin’s Instagram
Pop Sugar Fitness has, among other videos, a 30 minute at home boxing workout on YouTube, gloves not required. There is a video, app, or podcast for every imaginable sport, exercise routine, or activity you might want to investigate, no financial commitment necessary.
Down Dog Yoga is an app that lets you specify the parameters of your yoga practice, including type of practice, level, length and more. Then it puts together a video for you. This way you’re not just watching the same video every day.
Insight Timer is an app for meditation. It has tons of recordings to help you sleep, and to deal with anxiety and stress. In times like these, we need all the help we can get.
If being indoors is just too confining, there is always the great outdoors.
Parks and greenways are perfect places to take your pent-up energy. While formal programs may be canceled, most of the public spaces are still open for walking, running, biking, and hiking.
In fact this time of the year is perfect weather for being outside; it’s not too hot, not too cold, not too humid, not too buggy.
Mecklenburg County parks, nature preserves and greenways are open! Staffed parks and recreation centers are closed.
Before you head out to county or city parks, check their website or social media to make sure that there are no closures.
And once you’re out there, give people plenty of space. If you find it’s not possible to maintain a safe distance, then do the safe thing and leave.
No matter what you choose to do to keep yourself occupied, make sure that it’s something you want to do, not something you feel you have to do. Remember it’s for your physical AND mental health.