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Due to COVID19 and self quarantine, fitness centers are currently closed into further notice. This includes Illinois State's Student Fitness Center. 

Numerous gyms across the world are temporarily closing their doors due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Working up a sweat at home can be achieved even without any equipment. Many studios and renowned workout gurus are going live on social media platforms, offering live workouts daily.

Staying fit inside the comfort of your own home is not a new notion. Before the pandemic, many people worked out at home due to financial costs or not having enough time. Both matters are no longer an issue at the moment thanks to free online classes, so making room in your schedule for at least a 30-minute workout can be accomplished.

Countless individuals are getting creative with at-home workouts. Pop singer Charli XCX joined Instagram live with DJ/Producer Diplo and shared a 30-minute HITT workout. Jump ropes, planks and resistance-band exercises were on the sweaty agenda.

Gym businesses are getting creative, 305 Fitness, known for its fun gym classes, is now offering free livestreamed workout classes. Enjoy meditation, dance and body burning classes with live instructors for extra motivation. Check out all of their upcoming events at this https://305fitness.com/digital-events.

For the yoga junkies, Yogaworks is streaming free live yoga sessions. This is a great deal because they are letting non-members access free live sessions. The schedule to its following events can be found at https://www.yogaworks.com/classes/live/.

Not only are businesses struggling, but student-athletes are too. Staying in shape during these hard times of isolation is crucial for their performances later on. Without the gym, athletes' workout options are diminished.

Director of Sport Nutrition for all Illinois State University student-athletes, Chris Carter tells us how he is helping ISU athletes stay on a healthy path through social media.

“We have been using our social media to promote performance plates, student-athletes send photos of their plates and we post it. We send out a recipe of the week, food of the week and macronutrients of the week.”

“We do nutrition facts or myths so we can continue to educate our athletes. I also have individual Zoom nutritional consultation if they need it,” Carter said.

Carter also gives us a snapshot of what student-athletes are doing to stay fit and healthy. He is certified through the NSCA as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist and Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association.

“The athletes would be with us training during this time but as of now all of the athletes have been communicated through email,” Carter said.

“The athletes are given a full-blown training session and two different at-home workouts which utilize bands and dumbbells and are geared toward body weight” Carter said. “Their workouts consist of some kind of running, with speed and agility being implemented, and lifting which includes their body weight.”

“My biggest advice to give to the general students who have more downtime now is to work on nutritional practices and work out for at least 30 to 45 minutes.”

Students in the field of athletics and health offer helpful advice on how to stay fit in a quarantined household.

Ivy league track star, Sade Akinfe discusses what she does at home to stay in shape.

“Given the circumstances to stay safe, I’m trying to make the workouts creative and fun, so I have something to look forward to,” Akinfe said. “There’s tons of at home workouts that people can find on YouTube, so if you see a video with a challenging skill, such as handstand pushups or using the kitchen table for dips, now’s the perfect time to learn.”

Exercise Science major Elizabeth Waldorf said, “To stay active during the quarantine, I would say get up and move every hour. Even if it’s just to get up and take a lap around your house or room. I also like to take walks/run/bike rides when it’s nice out because I have a lot more time and it is a good release of endorphins.”

Just moving and around the house is something one can do to keep the blood pumping at home.

“It is also a great time to cook balanced home meals and experiment with new recipes, because being fit isn’t just about the exercise but also your diet,” Waldorf said.

Illinois State University Campus Recreation Center was forced to close due to the pandemic. Assistant Director of Fitness Krista Gooris gives us some insight on how ISU Campus Recreation is dealing with the online switch and provides us with ways students can still get fit at home.

“We post a weekly at-home workout on the main Illinois State University Campus Recreation IG. It also goes up on YouTube” Gooris said. “We also have a web page outlining free fitness opportunities students can take advantage of at https://campusrecreation.illinoisstate.edu/fitness/.”

“We are also planning to start live group fitness classes this week so stay tuned.”

With the internet on our side, countless workout videos can be found on livestream or with a simple Google search, as well as utilizing ISU resources.

Working out should not be something one dreads. Get creative, dress up in funky attire, dance and just have fun. Happy sweating.

ASHLEY BINKOWSKI is a Features Reporter and Photographer for The Vidette. She can be contacted at asbinko@ilstu.edu Follow her on Twitter at @BinkowskiAshley


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