Free classes and apps to stay healthy
While staying at home to help slow down the spread of the coronavirus, it is important that your physical and mental health are in check.
It can be easy to binge-watch Netflix all day and eat grilled cheese for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, but there are also easy and free ways to stay healthy during stay-at-home orders.
Headspace is a meditation app that guides through different types of meditations, from beginners to advanced. While most of the programs require a paid subscription, it has launched a “Weathering the Storm” section of the app for free for the next few months. It includes meditation, sleep, and movement exercises to get through the stress caused by the pandemic. Its “Basic” program is also free to users.
MyFitnessPal provides an easy and intuitive way to set goals and log meals consumed and exercises completed daily. This is for those who want to keep themselves on-track and accountable. Accounts are free to create, and the majority of the app and website features are also free.
A good book can also provide wellbeing, especially for little ones stuck at home who could use a spurt of imagination. While kids are out of school, Audible is offering free kids audiobooks that can be streamed on a desktop, laptop, phone, or tablet.
Prana Salt Cave is offering free yoga classes throughout April via Facebook Live. Those include meditative deep stretch and gentle yoga classes.
The Sherriedale Morgan Fitness Center and Halyburton Park are offering some of their normally scheduled fitness classes on Facebook Live for free. That includes yoga, yogalates, a combination of yoga and pilates, and boot camp classes.
The schedule is as follows:
Mondays & Wednesday @ 8 a.m.
Tuesdays & Thursdays @ 6:30 a.m.
Wednesday @ 6:30 p.m.
Thursday @ 5:15 p.m.
Saturday @ 10 a.m.
Wednesdays @ 5:30 p.m.
Tuesdays @ 4:15 p.m.
Fitness Blender is a website that provides free, follow-along workout videos. The videos, almost 600 of them, include a variety of different types of workouts, from HIIT to strength training to plyometric workouts. You can also select workouts that use certain or no equipment and that focus on different body areas.
Kids also need some activity to get their bodies and minds flowing. DDP Yoga is offering a free yoga program for kids. The workouts range from beginners to extreme.
Cosmic Kids Yoga is a YouTube channel that provides a variety of yoga videos to help kids build strength, balance, and confidence. The yoga videos are imaginative and have themes from Harry Potter to the Wizard of Oz.