Virtual Resources

Campus Recreation is here to help you stay active, connected, and happy while at home.

Movement, whether it be in the comfort of our homes or elsewhere, can improve mood, boost creativity and focus, lower stress levels, improve muscle and bone strength, improve blood pressure, and decrease the risk of chronic health conditions. In order to take the best care of yourself, it is encouraged to continue or establish a daily routine that includes movement, relaxation, socialization, and fresh air.

Stay Active

Important Assumption of Risk Statement

Please understand: If you choose to exercise on any platform with the University of Mary Washington Department of Campus Recreation and its affiliates, you are doing so at your own risk and acknowledge that there is an innate risk of injury when participating in any physical activity. Participation is voluntary and practiced in a safe place suitable for this activity. Some practices may not be safe under certain medical conditions. You are agreeing to consult a doctor if you have any medical concerns. If you experience any physical or emotional pain or discomfort, you will listen to your body, adjust the practice, and ask for support from a medical provider. You hereby agree to irrevocably release and waive any claims that have now or hereafter may have against the University of Mary Washington Department of Campus Recreation and its affiliates. You have read this disclaimer and have acknowledged it prior to participating in any activity.

Instagram Fitness Classes

Tune in to live workouts presented by our UMW fitness instructors on the @UMWCampusRec Instagram, or catch the recording on our feed via IGTV. The summer schedule changes monthly. Find the latest schedule by visiting our Instagram or group fitness webpage. How does Instagram Live work? Participants can not be seen, but our instructors are on screen demonstrating and leading the workouts. There is also a chat feature that allows participants to communicate with one another or send *hearts* to the instructor (on water breaks only, of course).

Virtual “Fitness Happy Hours”

During the summer, our fitness instructors are hosting free fitness classes on Zoom, on the last Friday of May, June and July. Normally our academic year fitness happy hours are in person fitness classes that occur each Friday at 5:30pm and feature a different instructor and class format. We want to bring the fun and joy of our tradition to your home! For more information on the upcoming Fitness Happy Hour, visit the Campus Rec Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook.

YouTube Workout Playlists

Your UMW fitness instructors have compiled their favorite YouTube workout videos into playlists that you can access any time on the UMW Campus Rec YouTube page in the “playlists” section. These videos are especially helpful when unsure where to start or what exercises to do at home.

At-Home Workout Plans

Don’t want to follow a video but still want some workout structure? Our UMW group fitness instructors have created at-home workout plans for you to do whenever you would like. Just visit the “Workouts” highlight on the @UMWCampusRec Instagram to see what great workouts they have created for you.

Bodyweight Exercise Library

Sometimes we are reading a workout plan and see the names of fitness moves only to think, “What the heck is a ‘bear crawl’?!” Thankfully our cardio equipment partner, Matrix Fitness, is here to help. Matrix has given UMW Eagles access to a library of videos demonstrating a variety of the most popular bodyweight exercises. Check them out here! No sign-up required.


Mindfulness Conference Calls with Bill Brooks

Mindfulness is great for relieving stress and improving mental health. On our free weekly meditation calls, you won’t be asked to speak, but simply to listen and relax as Bill guides everyone on the line through some mindfulness practices to start your weekend off on the right foot. Give it a try! What have you got to lose?

  • 30 minutes of LIVE guided meditation with Bill Brooks, UMW Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor
  • Fridays from 12:15-12:45 pm beginning March 27, 2020
  • It’s easy to participate.
    • Dial 425.436.6352
    • Enter the access code 155679

Stay Social

Use chatting platforms like UMW’s Office 365 Microsoft Teams, Facetime, Skype, or Zoom to instant message and video call friends regularly!

      • Drink a morning cup of coffee “together”
      • Set up a virtual lunch chat
      • Make a point to check in regularly with a person or group of people at the same time each day

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean social disengagement.

Get Fresh Air

  • Open the window to your work space for the sounds of nature, the warmth of the sun, and for a *literal* breath of fresh air.
  • Do some work on a stoop, deck, patio, or porch.
  • Go for a walk in the morning, between projects, or at the end of the day to soak up the vitamin D and get your blood flowing.