June 24, 2020
With gyms still closed in Massachusetts and social distancing orders in place, the Aria team has found new, fun ways to stay fit amidst the pandemic and avoid the “Quarantine 15” (because let’s face it, we have all been eating more than usual during this time of isolation and stress). While the Aria office is closed, our team is busier than ever and working remotely. We all miss seeing each other in our office, but most of us agree that one nice “perk” about working from home is using some of the time we normally would be commuting to exercise – which helps improve sleep and reduce stress.
I have been doing a mix of running/walking outside (when it isn’t too hot) and HIIT workouts hosted by blogger Rachael’s Good Eats. Rachael is a registered dietitian and trainer, and she hosts live workouts on Instagram (@rachaelsgoodeats) 2-3 times per week – she also saves the workouts on her website/Instagram for later if you aren’t able to attend the live class. Her workouts are super challenging and I like that she does the workout with you as it feels like you have your own personal trainer right in your living room!
I asked some of my colleagues to share exercises they have been doing from home, and one thing I learned is that sometimes you don’t even need the gym to have a good workout, all you need is a little bit of motivation…and wifi.
- “My college friend hired her favorite Exhale Spa barre instructor to teach virtual, semi-private barre classes to a few of us 2-3x/week. We are now on our 12th week of classes, and I have to say, despite the massive amount of eating I have been doing, I haven’t gained a pound and am probably working out more consistently than I did pre-pandemic! These barre classes help break up my day and motivate me to stay on track with my fitness while my gym is closed!” – Jessica Cohen, Executive Vice President
- “My go-to at home workout app for a few years now has been 8fit and it’s come in extra handy during quarantine. I love that all the workouts can be done without equipment and it has a mix of different types of workouts – from yoga to HIIT to boxing – so you can mix it up. It also offers meal planning which I love as it helps with the quarantine grocery shopping list, plus the recipes are delicious!” – Danielle Johns, Account Director
- “As a dancer, it has been tough staying in shape during quarantine. To stay fit, I have been using Move With Meg for various core, stretching and mobility work. Based in Birmingham, England, Megan Kerrigan is a three-time World Champion Irish dancer who offers personal training to dancers around the world. Due to COVID-19, she has been posting weekly workout challenges and exercises on her Instagram (@Movewithmegg) which I highly recommend. Dancer or not, these exercises are a great way to stay fit while self-quarantining!” – Kelsey Pearse, Account Executive
- “Blogilates has helped me out a lot during quarantine! The YouTube channel is filled with workouts you can do from home without equipment and the website has a bunch of workout calendars that you can follow if you need a bit more structure.” – Erica Navar, Account Executive
What are some apps, online classes and other exercises you have been enjoying during quarantine? Tweet us your fitness tips @ariamarketing!