Whatever your reason why you’re slacking off these past few days, it takes a few scrolls and online tinkering to get that lazy butt up and working during this Enhanced Community Quarantine.
Aside from tiring your arm from whisking your daily dose of Dalgona, or ramping up some moves to fit inside the screen for your next Tiktok video, we encourage you to do more and find something that really speaks to you but just didn’t find the time to actually try it out!
FREE HOME WORKOUTS
Some premium work-out studios have started charging for workout streaming but there are other options for you to get this for free.
What I’m using right now is NTC (Nike Training Club). It’s a free app that’s available on both IOS and Android. They have a wide variety of workouts for wide audiences, like yoga, mobility workouts stretches, and focus muscle group workouts. The app can also create a weekly workout plan for you based on your fitness goals and skill level. Once you finish a number of workouts, the app rewards you with achievements that you can post or share on your social media.
Like Chloe Ting, there are other influencers on social media with their suggested workouts during this period. I personally love @olesiastefanko on Instagram and @LexiHidalgo on TikTok. You can use these to mix things up or if you want to focus on particular areas of your body.
What’s good about all of these home workouts is that it works to your schedule, your available equipment, and your skill level. No time pressure and no peer pressure!
TRY OUT A NEW SKILL
I don’t know about you, but I’ve always dreamt of being fluent in another language. Yes, I can order a beer in Spanish but I want to actually hold a proper conversation with someone.
I’ve been using Duolingo app for the longest (and slowest) time and it is very effective. First, you can choose from more than 30 languages. You learn how to write, pronounce, read, and say words and sentences from the language you chose. They also have a free podcast on Spotify that you can listen to so you get used to the sound of the language. Que bien?
You can also go through so many artists & creatives and have a look for their free workshops. One thing I loved was @rupikaur_’s writing workshop on IGTV. ICYMI, Rupi is an award-winning poet who wrote the best-selling books “the sun and her flowers” and “milk and honey”.
Another one was Sketching with #TeamKarl, run by the iconic Karl Lagerfeld’s Instagram page. One of their tutorials with their #StayHomeWithKarl was a sketching lesson with Hun Kim, Design Director of Karl Lagerfeld. They’ve released 2 sessions so far, the first is drawing the body and the second is drawing garments. There are also a multitude of free lessons if you’re more inclined towards sciences.
Try out freecodecamp if you want to dip your toes into coding. Or if you’re not decided yet, you can also go to classcentral where you can choose from Ivy League free online courses! Isn’t it so convenient? Are you ready to be a student again? Just remember that the first step is to try. If you enjoy it, then perfect! If not, you can find something else that’ll spark some happiness in you.
BE A CULTURE BEAST
We understand that we’re in the middle of a pandemic and these times are certainly very confusing. Don’t feel pressured to be overly productive just because. We are all trying to manage ourselves in these truly challenging times, and sometimes we just need to take our mind off of things. You can simply explore. For example, despite the distance, you can explore The Met where they offer so many different FREE art media like documentaries, books, and blogs. Check out The Met 360o Project for a virtual visit of different iconic spaces of the museum. You can also visit Metopera if you’re interested in watching a full opera show!
Another thing you can explore is Broadway. Check out the YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On. Every Friday, they release full-length musicals of Andrew Lloyd Weber, the musical composer of plays like Phantom of the Opera and Cats. It will only be available for 48 hours so don’t miss it!
I’ve always believed in trying. The more we try things, the more things we discover about ourselves – what works for us, what motivates us, and what makes us happy. Go ahead and take a leap!