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Month: April 2020

Earth Day Activities

50 years of celebrating Earth Day

With the stay at home being observed throughout the US, Earth Day has gone digital. Although Exeter’s Earth Day Health and Resource Fair for 2020 have been cancelled, you can still observe this worthy holiday. Below are several resources for celebrating Earth Day.

Do you have any activities that you’d like to add to our Virtual Recreation Center? Please share them using our contact form at the bottom of the Virtual Recreation Center page.

Workout with a trooper

Kids workout

Kids have a lot of energy, its no secret. But, at this time of sheltering at home, it’s especially hard on them. In an effort to get kids moving at this tough time, here are some resources to get fitness into their routine.

If you have Amazon Prime, you can also check out these videos:

Rocky Hill Yoga

Virtual Yoga Practice

Rocky Hill Yoga & Meditation owner and instructor Dina Restivo, has offered members of the community this hour-long, user-friendly video of yoga practice.

She cautions that if you’re new to yoga, please take it slow.

This video will only be online for the six days. If you like, you can download it from here.

Namaste, 

Dina Restivo

Rocky Hill Yoga & Meditation was set to open in March but it had to be postponed due to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) stay at home mandate. She hopes to open as soon as she can do so responsibly.

Exeter Bear wearing Face Mask

Make a face mask with household items

The CDC says it is now advisable for everyone to wear masks. When you can’t buy one, you should make it yourself. Here are some tutorials. The precaution is to be used in addition to, and not instead of, maintaining social distance of at least six feet from other people. Other measures—including avoiding touching your face—should also continue to be front-of-mind anytime you are in public spaces outside your home. For more information, please see CDC Guidelines on Face Masks.

Luckily, if we can use that term in this situation, there are a huge number of online DIY tutorials on making your own face masks. The masks can be made in minutes and require little more than a pair of scissors or, if you’re feeling ambitious, a mini sewing kit or machine. Here are some resources of them.

Maskbuilders.com says anyone can make a mask from common household items. They have a template and instructions on their website. And, they posted a easy-to-follow video on Youtube.

No sewing required

If you can sew

Exeter Water Tower Jigsaw

Distract Yourself with Puzzles

Puzzles can be quite nurturing when we’re going through challenging times. These relaxing, challenging, solution-focused and inexpensive (or free) puzzles never lose their appeal. By focusing our minds on solving problems, and asking us to think outside the box, puzzles can paradoxically be the solution to enduring scary and uncertain times.

Below are links to some puzzles we have fun. To share your favorite resources, please submit yours on our Virtual Recreation Center page.

Many people get their daily fix of crossword puzzles from newspapers. The Los Angeles Times, USA Today and Washington Post daily puzzles have almost two weeks of archived daily crosswords. You can access them for free.

Board with Crosswords? Why not try an Acrostic Puzzle. You find crossword style clues but you need to reveal a hidden quote. Try your luck at acrostics.puzzlebaron.com where you can print out your puzzle or play online.

To share your favorite resources, please submit yours on our Virtual Recreation Center page.

Home fitness

How to Workout at Home

That couch might seem inviting, but nothing can jumpstart your day or infuse your afternoon with some energy like a good workout. Regular exercise is one component of a healthy lifestyle that can help reduce stress and prevent illness. Here are some resources and advice on getting started.

An Exercise Space

It doesn’t really matter where you exercise, but if you’re fortunate enough to have an empty room you can use it to add weights and any equipment you may have gathered. Otherwise, find a space where there’s enough floorspace to move around. You may have to move your coffee table. It doesn’t have to be fancy or large. It helps, though, if you have a specific spot you keep going back to so your brain and body get the message that its time to work out.

Find a Program

If you try to force yourself through something you don’t enjoy, you’ll find a hard time sticking to it. So find something that you enjoy doing so you’re more likely to want to come back every day. If you like moving with others, you can find some virtual classes or get a workout app. If you prefer cardio and have a bike or treadmill, use those. If you like dancing, maybe its time to learn some new moves and play an online video tutorial.

Routine

It is more likely that you will stick to a workout if it becomes a habit. You build habits by doing them on a schedule. Pick the time that is best for you. Don’t wait until the end of the day because you’ll find all kinds of excuses why you’re too tired to exercise and trying to sleep after exercising is also difficult. But, you don’t have to exercise in the morning if you are not a morning person. Maybe you want to split up your day with a workout in the afternoon.

Equipment

Many of you probably have gathered some equipment, but if you haven’t there’s plenty of household items that can be used.

Even if you choose to skip equipment, there are lots of exercises you can do at home without equipment. Focus on the basics: pushups, squats, leg lifts, planks and burpees. Repetition of those items is enough to get your heart rate up and build strength.

Set Goals and Push Yourself

Setting yourself up for success will keep you accountable. The goals should be achievable but something you have to push yourself to accomplishing. Sure, it’s OK to picture yourself returning to work when this is all over with a svelte body, and we’re sure you’ll get there. It’s better to be specific. For instance, say you’re comfortable doing 10 pushups during a workout. Set a goal to increasing it to 25 pushups and by the end of the month you’ll eventually hit 50.

Online Programs

There are quite a few online programs out there. If you previously had a gym membership, you’ll be glad to hear that they are offering some good online-only programs.

Gyms

In-Shape is also offering free or low-cost online options to many other services through its connections. Go to their website to get special the special codes for access.

Dance

Videos

Kids

Group Fitness

There are many Facebook Groups that are offering Live Fitness workouts. You can do a search on Facebook for Live Workouts. Or you can check out some of the ones we found:

  • Jaysa’s Live Quarantine Pound Fitness Classes
  • Balanz Gym: Live Workouts of HIIT, Yoga, and Pilates Facebook at 7 am, 7:30; noon; 6 and 6:30 p.m.
  • Blink Fitness hopes that they’ll inspire you to incorporate a routine into your daily life.

Nature and Virtual Travel

As part of our new Virtual Recreational Center page we thought you’d like to visit the world! Below are some links to allow you to take virtual walks through nature’s most beautiful spaces and the world’s most incredible museums.

Nature

  • Explore Yellowstone’s natural wonders and you visit the parks hottest spots.
  • Think you’ve already been to Yosemite National Park. Take a gander and see it as you have never seen it before.
  • Visit the beautiful sea life at Monterey Bay Aquarium.
  • Zoo Lover?  Spaces like the San Diego Zoo, and the Georgia Aquarium are offering live webcam viewings of pandas, penguins and beluga whales.
  • Ready for the ultimate walk?  Great Wall of China.
  • Still want more? Lets go to Mars. NASA has provided us with the opportunity to drive the Rover on the planet mars. Let’s Go!

Museums

  • Google has provided us with more than 2,000 360-degee virtual tours of the world’s greatest museums.
  • Are you a fan of Van Gogh? Would you like to visit Australia’s Surfing Museum?
  • Can you believe that you can actually walk through the Louvre? Go ahead, see the Mona Lisa for yourself or visit one of the four virtual tour areas available.
  • Get a rare glimpse of the view from the rooftop of the Grand Palais on the Champs-Elysees and admire the building’s glass roof from every angle.
  • Ever wish you could go back in time and catch an exhibition you never got around to seeing? Months before it was raised to the ground, the Tour Paris 13 was the largest street gallery ever assembled. Take a look at the exhibit and six other, now-closed, exhibitions.

Exercise Virtually

  • Ever wish you could do the Tour de France? We got you covered.
  • Just want to ride on a Los Angeles beach at sunset? Get ready, set. Go!

Let us know where you are going, virtually. So we can share it with others.

 

Take a ride, virtually

As part of our new Virtual Recreational Center, we thought we’d share some videos that make you feel like you are at Walt Disney World Theme Park on famous rides such as: Frozen Ever After ride, It’s a Small World, Monsters, Inc. Mike & Sulley to the Rescue!, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

Frozen Ever After:

It’s a Small World

Monsters, Inc

And the personal favorite Pirates of the Caribbean