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.
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.
The October 19-November 20, 2020 virtual fitness schedule is here! Click the image to expand and see the virtual fitness class schedule. You must pre-register on the Member Portal campusrec.umw.edu (instructions on our Fitness Classes webpage)! Registering is how you get access to the Zoom class link each week (video on how to access the Zoom link). Instructors will only admit those on the pre-registration list for each class. Registration for each class opens 7 days in advance. If you can no longer attend a fitness class, please cancel your registration (instructions on our Fitness Classes webpage).
Free On-Demand Workouts
Access over 60 on-demand workouts on the @UMWCampusRec Instagram IGTV feed.
Additionally, 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 page 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 is great for relieving stress and improving mental health. On these 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. Give it a try! What have you got to lose?
- 30 minutes of LIVE guided meditation with Bill Brooks, UMW Campus Recreation Yoga & Mindfulness Instructor
- Wednesdays from 12:15-12:45 pm beginning August 26
- It’s easy to participate.
- Dial 425.436.6352
- Enter the access code 155679
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.