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How to keep sane (and active) during isolation

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Today marks one whole month since the government announced its coronavirus lockdown restrictions, though it definitely feels like much, much longer.

Assuming that you’ve managed to hold on to your marbles for this long already, here are some trusted tips to help you maintain whatever thin layer of sanity you’re skating on over these next few weeks of isolation.

As you’ve probably noticed by now, working from home presents many ‘pro-cons’, and your proximity to both the fridge and couch is one of them. With gyms and fitness studios closed, our go-to workout options have been minimised, but there are still plenty of ways to get your heart rate up and clear your mind at the same time. Yoga is the perfect way to keep both mentally and physically fit, and right now, there are a host of studios offering free online trials, classes, and videos.

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New York’s esteemed Sky Ting studio is offering a 7 day free trial to their yoga television livestream, whilst Yogaworks is offering a trial membership so you can access 1,300+ premium yoga classes for all skill levels. Closer to home, Sydney institution BodyMindLife has taken their entire yoga and pilates class schedule online and are currently offering an unlimited seven day intro pass for $20. Online lifestyle program Keep It Cleaner are offering online classes Monday and Wednesday at 7:00am AEST via Facebook and Instagram Live, and you can also download any DogDown apps for free until May 1st.

If HIIT workouts are more your speed,  download the popular 7-minutes workout app, take to YouTube, or check out Studio 3 Australia’s Instagram Live classes on offer three times a day. If you’re missing the gym and don’t have any equipment at home, consider the 12 Minute Athlete program. If you’d rather give your eyes a rest from the screen, there’re no restrictions on going for a good old fashioned run, or if you’re isolating with kids (god speed), take them on a run-walk. If you’re in need of a bit of a pep talk from the pros, follow @milehighrunclub or listen to the Couch to 5k podcast.

Physical wellbeing aside, there are a bunch of cool initiatives happening online to keep you entertained indoors, too. Some of the world’s most famous museums have opened their virtual doors to online visitors, so you can enjoy an incredible 360 degree tour of The Met in New York City or the British Museum in London.

With tours and festivals across the world cancelled, musicians are taking to Instagram and Facebook to offer free livestreamed performances. It’s impossible to keep up with them all, but NPR are updating this document daily with upcoming virtual gigs. If you’re looking to support local Australian artists, Instagram live festival Isol-Aid keeps rolling out incredible lineups every weekend.

If you’ve somehow reached the end of Netflix, check out the new short-form video app Quibi, co-founded by ex-Walt Disney Studios CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg. Every film on the platform is under 10 minutes long, so it’s good for short attention spans. Featuring content from the likes of Bill Murray, Chance the Rapper, LeBron James, and Mark Wahlberg, everything’s free to watch for the next 90 days.

Everyone’s kitchens are really getting a workout these days, and if social media’s anything to go by, we’re all suddenly multi-hatted chefs. If everything isn’t quite what it seems (and the taste doesn’t match the photo), consider enrolling in Osteria Francescana’s Massimo Bottura Virtual Cooking Classes, or checking out Sydney Chef Dan Hong’s awesome quarantine cooking lessons hosted on his Instagram.

Finally, if you’re searching for shreds of sanity during lockdown with kids, check out @downtoawineart, running virtual wine tastings each week. They say raising a child takes a village, but in quarantine it takes a vineyard. To keep the kids entertained while you sip, Taronga zoo has set up 24/7 live-streaming cameras on all their habitats and animals, including tigers, elephants and seals. If you’ve run out of energy to read Go the F*ck to Sleep, allow celebrities like Jennifer Garner and Kate Winslet to read to your kids instead via @savewithstories Instagram account.

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