If you’re typically a gym person and have a hard time getting motivated outside of a community environment, staying active at home is probably proving itself to be challenging right about now.
Disclaimer: No, being stuck at home does not mean that you need to use this time to get in the best shape of your life, or that you need to “earn” any of the snacks you’re munching on all day. Eat the chips. Take a breath. We’re in unchartered waters here.
However, if you find yourself itching to move your body and can’t get out for a solo jog around the block, plenty of local organizations are shifting their classes online to help out. Since exercise is considered vital to maintaining mental fitness — reducing stress and producing endorphins — it can be a positive way to cope with uncertainty and change.
Here’s some of what we’ve been loving in the last couple of weeks:
This community-inclusive company’s downtown Tacoma studio is closed for the foreseeable future, but classes continue on via YouTube. All drop-in classes, which happen multiple times each day — with kid-friendly options available, too — will be live-streamed and then will continue to be available on the Yoga Wild YouTube page. Thanks to community donations, these classes are streaming to anyone who needs them for free. If you have the means, though, consider pitching in $5 or $10 with each class you take, as you normally would when attending. Doing so helps Yoga Wild to continue paying its teachers and keeping its virtual doors open.
YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties
It doesn’t get much more community-based than the many activities and programs run by the Y. If you were a die-hard fan of its intense and varied exercise options before, you’ll be happy to know that they’re all online now. Yep, everything from HIIT, kickboxing, barre, low-impact options, yoga, and kids’ programming can be found here. Plus, virtual arts classes — dance, culinary arts, and visual arts — are ready for you and your kiddos to dive into together.
Those who have hopped on the Orangetheory bandwagon in the last few years need not despair: Earning Splat Point at home is possible through the gym’s new program, Orangetheory At Home. They’re sharing a new 30-minute workout every day to keep you strong, and no special equipment is necessary. You can access the daily videos online, or you can download the Orangetheory app, where workouts are available to members and non-members alike. Both platforms also offer tips on staying physically, emotionally, and mentally fit while hunkering down.