COVID-19: Apps to Stay Active at Home

Within just a few days, the world as we know it has changed. We are all now understanding the reality of this disease, COVID-19,  and are being forced to social distance and stay home whenever possible. Some of us have taken work to our living rooms, homeschooling our children, making 3 meals a day for an entire family, all while trying not to panic that either you or your loved one falls under the high-risk category.

We mustn’t forget about self-care. It is important for us to be in a good place mentally, emotionally and physically for ourselves and anyone else who may need us. It is also proven that staying active boosts our immune system, which we all need more than ever.

With so many workouts available online, there is no shortage of things to do from your own home or yard. Depending on what you like, here is a variety of ways to stay active while being stuck at home.

Back to the Basics

Calisthenics is probably the most underrated form of exercise. And it is great to do at home since no equipment is required. Also, anything cardio-related will strengthen your heart and your immune system! Try to do a routine of a certain amount of rounds and repetitions of moves like burpees, sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, squats. One of my favorite free apps for calisthenics is Madbarz. This will be sure to get your heart pumping and leave you feeling energized!

Take It Online

It is really wonderful how people are coming together during this time. Many gyms, fitness companies, and coaches are providing their clients and the public with free workouts. Here are a few to check out and this is a great time to try something new!

  • BeachBody – They are offering a two-week trial to new members.
  • Nike Training Club – This app is offering free workouts designed by trainers. It is available on both iOS and Android.
  • Tone It Up – This fitness program for women is offering a free month for new users.
  • Skyting – This yoga television is allowing new members one week free. Perfect time to try a different form of exercise, yes I’m talking to you powerlifters!
  • Barre3 – This full-body workout will help you work on your cardio, build strength and leave you feeling refreshed and empowered. They are offering two weeks free.
  • Comptrain – If you love CrossFit like me, this website is for you! They offer free workouts daily that are challenging and sure to humble us all!

Get Moving

Oftentimes, people think exercise has to be at a gym or running in a park but that is not the case! Doing a good thorough cleaning of your house (which we could all use right now), doing loads of laundry or cleaning out your closet is sure to burn some calories! Track your steps and calories burned on a device like Fitbit.

Dance Party

If you have children who enjoy Tik Tok, Just Dance, and other interactive dance games and apps, this is the time to get onboard! You can bond with your children while getting in a sweat.

No matter what you do to stay active, it is vital for both our bodies and minds. Getting fresh air, vitamin D and keeping our bodies moving is key not only for our physical but our mental health as well. The fact that it boosts our immune systems, too, is a great perk!

What will you do to stay active during these uncertain times? Share and comment below,  let’s all help each other!

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Review: Senita Athletics Apparel Designed with Tech in Mind

Whether you wear a pump, CGM or just want your phone close by for emergencies, it is nice to find athletic wear that meets your needs. Senita Athletics makes durable, affordable and functional apparel that will allow you to keep your tech on you during even your most active times. Senita Athletics is designed to make you feel safe and not let diabetes get in the way of whatever it is you are doing.

Who Are They?

Maddie and Jenna have been close friends for many years. Teammates both in high school and Division I University, they were both no stranger to the many different brands and types of athletic wear available. After they both had children and vowed to get back into shape, they couldn’t wrap their heads around the prices of some of these clothing. They sought out to find manufacturers who could create high-quality fabrics at affordable prices. And in 2015, the Senita Athletics brand was born, offering products at a fraction of the price of its competitors.

Senita Athletics
Mesh Crop Top | Photo credit: Senita Athletics

What Do They Offer?

Senita Athletics offers a variety of different products for all types of activities and lifestyles. They carry an assortment of sports bras, tanks and long sleeve/sweatshirt options. They carry different lines as well, so there is a nice selection of pants with differing types of fit and fabric to choose from. Many of their products are designed to hold phones or other devices, which are perfect for people with type one diabetes.

How Much Does It Cost?

Senita Athletics is able to offer its customers affordable pricing by cutting out the middle man, the retail stores. Their products cost significantly less than the big brand names. You can see a good snapshot of their prices on their collections page.

My Review

I am an avid CrossFitter and go five times a week religiously. My workout clothes are put through the test between the vigorous workouts and constant washing so I am always looking for quality products that will last.

I was pleasantly surprised just upon touching the pants that I could tell they had enough spandex to hold me in and wouldn’t be too thin where I would be self-conscious about them being see-through. The best part is the pants come with pockets. They are placed on the outer thigh and through all the burpees, power cleans and back rows, they never once got in the way.

I also got a crop top that says “Fierce”; I just love this top and the message and it will definitely get me in the right mindset for a good sweat session!

Other products to try are the sports bras. These bras have a pocket straight down the back so it is out of sight and out of the way! I highly recommend these and plan on purchasing one before my Spartan Race this spring!

With a family connection to type 1 diabetes, Senita Athletics has kept our needs in mind when inspiring many of their designs. They have a special “Sweet Blue” line that has tops, bottoms and a very inspirational tank to help lift us up. Their Sweet Blue leggings have dots on it, which represent each time a person has to test their blood glucose. I am happy we have Senita Athletics apparel and more importantly, their support!

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Dawn Shares How She Lost 100 Pounds

I had the pleasure of meeting Dawn almost four years ago through the diabetic online community. I post a “what’s your workout” post every morning on Type 1 Athletes Facebook page to serve as motivation for myself and others. I remember when Dawn first started chiming in. What started as a way for her to […]
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Top 10 Best Workout Apps for Beginners

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Insulin Pump Use and Exercise Strategies

This content originally appeared on Diabetes Motion. Republished with permission.Whether you have type 1 or type 2 diabetes, if you use insulin, you may choose to use a specialized insulin pump for both your basal and bolus insulin delivery (1). Pumps have a small catheter placed under your skin and are programmed to cover your […]
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