virtual activities for overall well-being

If you had an exercise routine before COVID-19, there’s a strong probability it’s changed – or maybe even stopped altogether. Don’t be discouraged! Talented fitness trainers, physical therapists and wellness specialists haven’t stopped what they do so well. They’re still looking to help us stay healthy and engaged with each other, virtually. This is the time to try a new routine, to think more deeply about your goals, or just to have fun in an online group of like-minded people. We’ve created a list of resources to help you stay on track and motivated, peaceful and energized – no face coverings required!

Millennium Medical and Rehab, Scarsdale
This YouTube channel, hosted by Millennium medical director, Dr. Rubina Heptulla (pictured here), focuses on breathing exercises, relaxation techniques, meditation, stretching and more. Free.



Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, White Plains
Burke Adult Fitness Center has four educational sessions currently posted to their YouTube channel. Learn about fitness and immune function, setting up a basic at home exercise routine and more, for free. (Pictured here: Burke’s 30-minute strength and balance class)

White Plains Body & Brain
WP Body & Brain is offering 3 weeks of free virtual classes to help people stay physically healthy and better manage their thoughts and emotions which is especially important for those over 55 who may be at higher risk.

Stay hydrated with the 30 day water drinking challenge and check out a a wide variety of on-demand videos and classes for adults/seniors, including stretching, guided meditation, dance and more. Free to members. (Pictured here: Sheila from the Rye Y leading a movement and strength class.) Additional free YouTube videos.

On the Mend Fitness
Jump-start your day with a 20 minute stretching routine that is just $10 per session. No equipment is needed. The instructor will see you to ensure that all participants are doing the moves correctly, just like in a gym. Unlimited monthly subscriptions are available at $100. Lisa Snow, proprietor of this local business, is also offering “quarantine discounts” for one-on-one personal training on Zoom.

Stepwise Now, Briarcliff Manor
Stepwise Now has a full schedule of online balance, core strength, tai chi, and dancing classes. Subscriptions at $45 per month. You can also contact them for a free trial class. (Tai chi class pictured here.)


JCC of Mid-Westchester, Scarsdale
Offering both free online classes and private training, registration required. Zumba Gold, gentle yoga, stretching, HIIT and other classes vary day to day. Multiple class discount available. JCC virtual yoga class shown at left.

Yoga Haven, Tuckahoe and Scarsdale
Yoga Haven offers classes every day; some will be live on Zoom while others are pre-recorded. Classes include yoga for cancer support and extra gentle yoga.

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