EurekAlert: Study suggests wearing a face mask during intense exercise is safe for healthy people

EurekAlert: Study suggests wearing a face mask during intense exercise is safe for healthy people. “Researchers carried out detailed testing on breathing, heart activity and exercise performance in a group of 12 people while they were using an exercise bike with and without a mask. Although they found differences in some measurements between wearing a mask and not wearing a mask, they say that none of their results indicate any risk to health. This suggests that masks could be worn safely during intense exercise, for example to reduce COVID-19 transmission between people visiting an indoor gym.”

The Verge: Spice Up Your Daily Pandemic Walk With These Apps

The Verge: Spice Up Your Daily Pandemic Walk With These Apps. “Taking a daily or, if I’m being honest, semi-daily walk is a lockdown habit that has seen me through These Unprecedented Times. I’m not alone, either — without gyms or really anywhere else to go at all, lots of us have embraced (or at times, endured) a daily walk around the neighborhood….Here are some techniques to keep your pandemic walk routine fresh and the apps that can help you put them into practice.”

Lifehacker: If Everyone Isn’t Masking Up at Your Gym, Stay Home

Lifehacker: If Everyone Isn’t Masking Up at Your Gym, Stay Home. “A room full of people breathing heavy, without masks or adequate ventilation, is a risky place to be during a coronavirus pandemic. To those who complain that it’s annoying or even impossible to exercise with a mask on, I say, if you can’t do it with a mask on, you shouldn’t be doing it indoors around other people.”

Carnegie Mellon University: COVID-related Depression Linked to Reduced Physical Activity

Carnegie Mellon University: COVID-related Depression Linked to Reduced Physical Activity. “New research from Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh and the University of California San Diego found that 61% of surveyed university students were at risk of clinical depression, twice the rate prior to the pandemic. This rise in depression came alongside dramatic shifts in lifestyle habits. The study documents dramatic changes in physical activity, sleep and time use at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Disruptions to physical activity emerged as a leading risk factor for depression. Importantly, those who maintained their exercise habits were at significantly lower risk than those who experienced the large declines in physical activity.”

EurekAlert: Exercise caution after working out in virtual reality

EurekAlert: Exercise caution after working out in virtual reality. “Virtual ‘exergaming’ has become a popular way to exercise – especially among younger people – since the release of virtual reality (VR) fitness games on consoles such as Nintendo and Playstation. But while VR is undoubtedly raising fitness games to a whole new level, researchers at the University of South Australia are cautioning players about the potential side effects of VR, particularly in the first hour after playing.”

News 18: Indian Covid-19 Doctors Are Turning to Music and Movement to Get Rid of Stress

News 18: Indian Covid-19 Doctors Are Turning to Music and Movement to Get Rid of Stress. “According to the report, Anainah [Patel] first thought of adjusting some ballet moves like plie and pirouette during her breaks in shifts. It wasn’t possible for her to fit the course in her life though. However, her failed attempt inspired some artistes to think of healthcare workers like her. It gave birth to Project Move- an online library consisting of music and movements to help our healthcare workers spend some minutes on their self-care.” I took a look at the site. Everything I saw was in English. I briefly looked at a couple of videos. The speaker’s English is accented but she’s easily understandable.

New York Times: The Reigning Queen of Pandemic Yoga

New York Times: The Reigning Queen of Pandemic Yoga. “[Adriene Mishler] is an Adidas ambassador and runs an online shop where you can buy a T-shirt or a camping mug that says Find What Feels Good, which is her motto — as in: Don’t worry if you can’t nail the Split-Leg Handstand or Killer Praying Mantis; no one’s keeping score. Her top video has more than 30 million views. She’s the most popular instructor on YouTube, which means she’s probably the most popular instructor in America and arguably the most prominent yoga figure this country has seen since Ram Dass.”

CNET: Inside the illegal underground gyms of the COVID-19 pandemic

CNET: Inside the illegal underground gyms of the COVID-19 pandemic. “The COVID-19 pandemic forced hundreds of thousands of businesses to close abruptly, including gyms and fitness studios. When that happened in early 2020, gym owners reluctantly closed their doors, hoping to reopen in two weeks when things went back to ‘normal.’ But, things have yet to return to normal, and many fitness professionals, who either didn’t want to or couldn’t afford to stay closed, secretly reopened their gyms against public health orders.”

CNN: One client in one spin studio that followed all the rules triggers a coronavirus outbreak with at least 61 cases

CNN: One client in one spin studio that followed all the rules triggers a coronavirus outbreak with at least 61 cases. “SPINCO, in Hamilton, Ontario, just reopened in July and had all of the right protocols in place, including screening of staff and attendees, tracking all those in attendance at each class, masking before and after classes, laundering towels and cleaning the rooms within 30 minutes of a complete class, said Dr. Elizabeth Richardson, Hamilton’s medical officer of health, in a statement. But it still wasn’t enough.”

Vox: Why it’s so hard to find dumbbells in the US

Vox: Why it’s so hard to find dumbbells in the US. “On lucky days, my friend Andrew drops a dumbbell alert in my Slack group chat. He tells us which sites — Rogue, SPRI, NordicTrack, Bowflex — have them in stock, which are shipping, and what kinds of weights are available. If you get to his messages five minutes late, the weights are almost always sold out.”

Engadget: Spotify’s latest playlist tool creates a mix to match your workout

Engadget: Spotify’s latest playlist tool creates a mix to match your workout. “While most of us aren’t going to the gym right now, that doesn’t mean workouts have been suspended entirely. You still need fresh tunes to keep you motivated at home or on the running trail. To help with that, Spotify has a new tool called Soundtrack Your Workout — the company’s latest quiz-based playlist builder. Like previous options for creating a mix, you answer a few questions and the website will offer you a collection of music according to your preferences. And with this version, you can also choose podcasts instead or have the site make you a blend of both.”

CNET: How to find free workout classes on Instagram

CNET: How to find free workout classes on Instagram. “As the coronaviruspandemic spread throughout the US, it forced gyms and fitness studios to close. But that didn’t stop them from helping people work out. Pro fitness trainers flocked to Instagram to stream and upload free fitness videos anyone can use, without a hefty gym membership fee. If you’ve ever wanted to try a new workout, instructor or commit to a new exercise routine, now is the time. The best part about working out with Instagram Live is that you can try new workouts without committing — there’s no trial, subscription or money involved.”

Our Daily Breather: How To Keep Moving During The Pandemic (NPR)

NPR: Our Daily Breather: How To Keep Moving During The Pandemic. “Our Daily Breather was a daily series where we asked writers and artists to recommend one thing that’s helped them get through the days of isolation during the coronavirus pandemic. The series concluded on June 13, 2020. Many writers and artists suggested running, working out and other physical activties; here, we’ve collected some of their recommendations.”

New York Magazine: The Best Online Workout Classes, According to Strategist Writers and Editors

New York Magazine: The Best Online Workout Classes, According to Strategist Writers and Editors. “Over the last six weeks (and even before), our writers and editors have been testing all sorts of online workouts, from yoga to boxing, even dance cardio. We chose our favorites based on how the classes compare to being there in person (if we’ve tried it), the likability of instructors, accessibility for exercisers of all skill levels, price, and effectiveness of the workout. Below, 16 workouts we sweat through (and loved) for Pilates, barre, strength training, and more, without leaving the house, organized in alphabetical order.”

New York Times: Where Group Prayer Meets Group Fitness

New York Times: Where Group Prayer Meets Group Fitness. “At first glance, the streaming fitness class looks like any other: blue yoga mats against a neutral background, with ambient music and candles to set the mood. Two athleisure-clad instructors, flanked by hand weights, introduce themselves. The giveaway is the flash of a wooden crucifix.”