Quarantine Life: A List of Free Things for Free Time

Exercise

It’s no overstatement — we are an active group. Heck, we relish a Mega Massanutten and look forward to the Four State Challenge. With limited opportunities for physical activity, we’ve listed some apps and channels that either offer free trials or are totally free.

Tell yourself you’re cross training.

Core Power Yoga on Demand

Down Dog App

Fitbod

Gold’s Gym App

Peloton App

PopSugar Fitness Videos

Yoga Download

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Photo by Pierce Martin on Foter.com / CC BY.

Yoga With Adriene on YouTube


Open Education

If it’s mental stimulation you’re looking for, there are lots of free learning opportunities online. See this FreeCodeCamp blog post of Open Classes from universities around the US.

The sites below offer free versions of classes, but you may have to pay for a certificate. Courses offered range from college-level university classes to software platforms, coding, project management, design, photography, digital art, marketing, and more.

Coursera

edX

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Photo on Foter.com.

FreeCodeCamp

Khan Academy

LinkedInLearning / Lynda.com

  • Not free, but often available as a digital database through your public library
  • Offering a free month trial
  • https://www.lynda.com/

OER Commons


Digital Collections at Various Libraries

Who knew that most public libraries these days have not only print books but e-books, e-magazines, audiobooks, streaming movies, and music. Check out your public library’s digital collections with the links below, and some larger collections through the Library of Congress and the Digital Public Library of America.

Note that some libraries  have digital databases that you can access at home, like LinkedInLearning (listed above) and genealogy databases like Ancestry, if you have a hankering to look up your family records. Look for access under database listings.

You’ll need your public library card barcode number to access the public library resources.

DC Public Library

Digital Public Library of America

  • Online exhibitions, e-learning resources, family research guide
  • https://dp.la/

Fairfax County, VA Public Library

Library of Congress

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An example of images found in Library of Congress Collections: The National Parks Preserve Wild Life, None. [NYC: works progress administration federal art project, between 1936 and 1939] [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/98518597/. From the public domain sets.

Loudoun County, VA Public Library

Montgomery County, MD Public Library

Popular Library Apps

Your library will probably use one or several of these apps to distribute their digital content. Check with your library to see which ones will work best for you.

Libby, Hoopla, Biblioboard, BorrowBox, and Overdrive all have some e-book, e-magazine, and audiobook capabilities. Flipster and RBdigital focus on e-magazines. Kanopy, if your library has it, offers over 30,000 award-winning independent and documentary films and some educational series.

Tell us what apps you like, what exercises you do, and what you’re reading or learning in the comments!

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