A list of 450 Ivy League courses you can take online right now for free can be found
. The list covers a wide variety of course categories, including c
In an effort to keep our community active and connected, InovaWell’s Healthy Lifestyle program has developed a series of FREE Virtual Fitness classes, available to you Monday through Friday, beginning March 23rd at 11:00 am. All classes can be done from the comfort of your home and will require little to no equipment. Modifications will be offered and we encourage you to join us!
To get started click here
. There will be a video tutorial on how to join the zoom virtual class, as well as, descriptions of each class, the time, and the instructor.
TAKING CARE OF OUR MENTAL AND PHYSICAL HEALTH
The following information was compiled by Greater Brookland Intergenerational Village:
Staying at home, especially if you're living alone, can be difficult for a lot of reasons. Here are just some ideas of ways to stay active & well during these challenging times.
Create structure for yourself:
- Do the things you normally do - get up at the same time you typically would, make your bed, get dressed, etc.
- Create a plan for your day and a general plan of attack for the week. Schedule time for exercise, calling friends, chores, etc.
- Make a list of all the to-dos you've been putting off. Ideas include: reorganize your pantry, kitchen or closet, sort through an old filing cabinet or family photos, or deep clean your home.
- Use different parts of your home / apartment for different things (i.e. eat meals in your kitchen, read in your living room, do work in your dining area, meditate in your bedroom, etc.)
- Keep moving! Find online exercise classes that are right for your ability and fitness level.
- The YMCA will offer online fitness programming for seniors starting March 18.
- Bluebird Sky Yoga is now offering free yoga classes via Facebook weekdays at 12:30pm. (Donations are appreciated.) They are also live streaming lots of other classes on their website.
Find new ways to be social:
- Think creatively about how to adapt your social rituals. Maybe you could host a weekly dinner via Zoom.
- Make a list of friends and family to reach out to and schedule time to reach out regularly
- Use Facetime, Google Hangouts, Zoom, or a free conference call service
Read or listen to a good book:
Yes, libraries are closed for now. BUT they are continuing to offer online listings. Download audiobooks and books via this incredible, free app: Libby
. (Library card needed to access.) Learn something new:
With your library card and pin number, you also get access to Lynda
, a wonderful online learning platform that has thousands of hours of free content available. Learn how to become a photographer, programmer, excel master, 2D digital animator, or guitar player. EdX
also offer some free courses.
Try out a new podcast:
Check out a list of 2019's best podcasts here
Create or maintain a mindfulness practice:
Cultivating a mindfulness practice has been shown to reduce stress and cortisol levels, improving overall health. Check out Mindful's website
for info on where to start
. You can also refer to this simple meditation guide from the New York Times here
Be conscious of your news consumption:
While it may be tempting to constantly scroll through Twitter, watch CNN, or read the newspaper, tuning in all day may take a toll on your mental health. Consider scheduling time 1-2X a day to check-in on the latest news instead.
Additional online resources:
The following information was compiled by Around Town DC:
- The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) will be broadcasting #FITDC workouts on Mayor Bowser's Facebook page and at 9:00 am every weekday on DCN-Channel 16.
- These museums offer free online tours.
- Online scrabble is fun if you like games. Download Words with Friends on your smartphone. You can play with people you know or people you don't know yet.
- You can also try virtual books, magazines, tv or movie clubs.
- Additional online resources compiled by Around Town DC can be found here.