As the angst heightens with the rapid spread of COVID-19, fitness apps are now trying to make it easier than ever for us to maintain our exercise regimes within the confines of our living spaces.
This means if you’re craving a 30-minute, high-intensity interval training session or a meditative yoga break after working from home for an entire day, you can still do so while staying safe and inside.
Here are our editors’ top free exercise apps to use if you want to keep your fitness routine going during these unprecedented times.
As soon as you hop onto Down Dog, you’re immediately greeted with a message from the Down Dog team informing you of the changes it has made to the app since the outbreak.
Down Dog has acknowledged that it is especially during these difficult times that people need to still their minds and ground themselves. Therefore, it has offered free yoga classes until May 1.
“We hope that Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout will continue to support your mental and physical health during this time,” reads the message. The app also extends this offer until July 1 for students, teachers and healthcare workers.
Prior to the coronavirus pandemic, Corepower Yoga offered subscriptions for unlimited classes at $19.99 per month. Now, however, you can stream workouts for free from their “Keep Up your Practice” page.
Our editors have spoken to the widely popular ClassPass, which has made both audio and video workouts freely available. Users practicing social distancing can find a variety of workouts on the homepage, including HIIT, barre and yoga.
Let’s just say that you’ve been working from home for the entire day. You’ve done your home workout, eaten your home-cooked meals and FaceTimed everyone you can think of. This may now be a good opportunity to pick up a few good healthy habits.
(Plus, now that these companies are offering it to us for free, why not give it a shot?)
Headspace and Simple Habit
Meditation is the habit that most of us at least know to be good for our mental and emotional health. Understanding the stress that the public are likely feeling due to the virus outbreak, Headspace and Simple Habit have released portions of their meditation library for non-paying users.
Simple Habit actually has a library that it has created and released for everyone, especially for coronavirus.
In a public statement, Yunha Kim, founder and CEO of Simple Habit, said, “We recognize that many people are now being required to stay home, resulting in loss of income and financial uncertainty. For those impacted by this difficult time, we’ll be offering free premium memberships now through the end of April 2020.”
Headspace has also unlocked a feature called “Weathering the storm” on its platform. It provides extra support regarding meditation and sleep.
Audible for children
Yep, you read that right. Audible has said that “For as long as schools are closed, we’re open … kids everywhere can instantly stream an incredible collection of stories, including titles across six different languages, that will help them continue dreaming, learning and just being kids.” And in case you want to listen to more titles beyond what is presented, Audible offers a one-month free trial for all new members for their massive audio library.
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