These days, many of us are working from home and socializing at a distance. When it comes to wellness, we’re finding unique new ways to practice self-care without leaving the house. From indoor fitness routines to virtual beach meditation to taking a breather with bald eagles, staying well at home is the hot new thing.
Need to break a sweat but can’t get to the gym? Then lace up your athletic shoes and tune in to one of the streaming workouts available online. Crunch Fitness—which has gyms in Fort Myers and Bonita Spring —offers a virtual platform with more than 85 workouts. Try Crunch’s total body boot camp for a serious cardio experience or slow it down with Pilates. Either way, you’re sure to find the fitness you crave.
Or check out the City of Cape Coral's Fitness at Home program to find a variety of fitness activities to try alone or with your family.
A moment of beachside meditation may be just the thing. Cue up one of the live cams from Fort Myers Beach, and try this easy meditation technique. Sit in a chair with your feet comfortably on the ground and your hands resting gently in your lap. As you gaze on to the white-sand beach and turquoise water, slowly breathe in to a slow count of eight. With full lungs, hold your breath for four counts. Now release the breath and breathe out for eight counts. Do this five times, and you’ll be well on your way to a lighter mind.
The J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island has put together a series of fun do-at-home activities inspired by the flora and fauna of the refuge. Check out “Ding’s” Movement Monday videos, which offer yoga poses straight from the birds—in this case, a snowy egret and an anhinga.
Staying home means we need an extra dose of mental stimulation. Fans of escape rooms will love the cerebral challenge of the downloadable escape room box. Because the puzzles can be solved alone, they’re perfect for social distancing. Want to compete with a friend? Set a timer and see who can solve the puzzle the fastest (each from your own homes, of course).
Nothing calms the mind like being in nature, and though we’re staying home we can still get out—virtually. For a relaxing escape, log into the Southwest Florida Eagle Cam, which provides a real-time view of the nesting bald eagles in North Fort Myers. Watch as Harriet calmly incubates her eggs for hours, and you’ll experience a dose of much-needed tranquility.