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Health & Wellness Apps to Use During the Coronavirus Pandemic

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For the past year I have ranted and raved about the yoga app, Down Dog. It is inexpensive and is scalable to your own needs. I received an email from Down Dog, offering free use of their apps until April 1st due to the Coronavirus. This prompted me to do some research on health & wellness apps to use during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Down Dog

“Great Fitness Anywhere” is their tagline. And I really do agree. At times, I do not have the patience for an hour long yoga session. With this app you can customize the length of your session. I have found the benefit of even just a quick, 10 minute yoga session before a long day at work. You can pick a “Boost” which will make sure to focus more on something of your choosing; hip flexor opening, core, hamstring flexibility, etc. There are plenty of other custamizable options.

When I signed up for their year subscription, I found a discount code for $20.00 a year. But right now they are offering free use of this app, and their sister apps, until April 1st. In their message they stated:

“Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many people are avoiding gathering in large groups, including at yoga studios and other fitness spaces. We believe that stressful times like these are precisely when people need wellness practices the most, and we are committed to doing our part to help out”.

Sister apps of Down Dog, with the same offer:

  • Yoga For Beginners
  • HIIT
  • Barre
  • 7 minute

CrossFit Fort Vancouver

Starting next week, CrossFit Fort Vancouver will be posting at home versions of their work out of the day. I have been a part of this community for over 3 years. The coaching and programming has been nothing but phenomenal. If you are at all contemplating starting a gym membership or are simply looking for a resource to help continue with your fitness at home during this Coronavirus pandemic, then I would recommend checking out their home version of their work out of the day. If you end up trying their work outs and would like to learn more after this pandemic has settled, I encourage you reach out to myself or to the gym directly for more information. CrossFit Fort Vancouver has changed my life for the better and I feel so blessed to be a part of their community. Here is a quote from the owner in his recently email concerning the coronavirus:

“Outside of CFV, we know that there will be many opportunities for us as a community to answer the call and step up to help others. Our hope is that during these times of uncertainty, we can lean into and live out our mission: 
To build a family of humble, hungry, awesome people that love others and live healthy lives to the fullest.

Skill Share

Skill Share is so much fun. When you go to their website and sign up, you get 2 free months. That is a pretty hefty free trial! I may end up paying for a full year at the end of my 2 free months. I can already tell you I have learned so much from this site (including how the heck to even start a blog). Now this may not seem to fit directly into the health and wellness space. But I just did a quick search of health and wellness and 1,683 results popped up. However, no matter what you search for, no matter what you want to learn, the act of taking action is an act of working on your health and wellness. We NEED to do more things that bring JOY into our lives. So if you have a deep desire to learn, to find the first steps you need to launch something new in your life, or just love being a life long learner, then you need to check out Skill Share!

Notepad

Now, I won’t have a specific link for this one. Most smart phones have their own version of a notepad and if not, there are plenty of free ones in the app store. Recently, I have become obsessed with using my notepad for more than just my grocery and to do list. Multiple times a day I find myself pulling out my phone and using the talk to text feature to “write” into my “journal” aka my notepad app. Constantly, I am reading about the benefits of journaling or taking time to answer deep, though provoking questions, or to simply list 3 things you are grateful for each day. I used to think to myself that I did not have time for that. But now, using my talk to text freature on my phone, I can journal so much more freely now. Walks at the dog park, doing my hair in the morning, or cuddling on the couch with my 4 dogs are now also serving as time for me to “jot” down my thoughts. Most of us are probably going to have more anxiety and fears concerning what this pandemic will mean, especially financially. Journaling may be a great outlet for some of you. Give it a try!

Other Health and Wellness Apps

Here is the remainder of my list. I have not personally used these health and wellness apps. However, I have heard good information from other bloggers, podcasters, and friends.

  • Headspace for mindfulness and meditation- free one week trial
  • Talkspace for online counseling- $150 any plan, using the code SPRING
  • Calm for daily meditation- free one week trial (the app is beautiful)
  • Simple Habit for 5 minute mediations- free one week trial
  • Right now Talkspace has a free Facebook group to help with anxiety related to the Coronavirus: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1570599106420510/

Let me know if you have any other health and wellness apps that you enjoy. Or do you have any other creative ideas that you plan on doing at home over the next few weeks? I would love to find out more! Please leave a comment or email me at [email protected] You can also request to join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/206295487148663/

2 Comments

  1. I highly recommend the “Calm” app. When I am having high anxiety and can’t shut my brain off at night, I go to the sleep section and drift off to a sleep/anxiety meditation. They also have bedtime stories- some of them read by celebrities such as Matthew Mcconaughey, and Lebron James, and calming music stations. Love this post! Im going to look into Skill Share next. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Ohhh, good information! Do you listen to it on your phone, headphones, or through a speaker? Let me know what you think about SKill Share!

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