Tips & Tutorials

Inside Scoop: Self-Care Tips for Life Under Lockdown

Getting too comfortable in your ratty old sweatpants? Being a Rutgers graduate is a little like having a membership at the best virtual health and fitness club around. Use this list of health and fitness videos, websites, and podcasts to help avoid (or work off) the dreaded “Quarantine 15.”


Spotify: Other things to do while wearing yoga pants

If being cooped up like a bird in a cage makes you want to perfect your crane pose, you can score a two-week free trial of online classes from Honor Yoga Now. If not, simply soak up the wisdom of Rutgers alumnae (and yoga experts) by tuning in to the Honor Yoga podcast. In Episode 5, psychology alumna Nathalie Edmond RC’98 explains how yoga eases anxiety and depression, and Episode 11 shares the tale of a surprising career shift by journalism alumna Michelle Gerdes SCILS’98, who teaches at the Hamilton, New Jersey, location.

Facebook: Join live-streamed high-intensity group workouts

From now through April 30, Rutgers instructors are streaming live daily workouts on the Rutgers Recreation Facebook page. Choices include dance, yoga, Pilates, and Les Mills workouts. (They’re also archived for later use, too.) Check out the complete schedule on the website and on the RURec2Go app. Tap into a menu of can-do food and fitness videos

Thanks to the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, it’s easy to find healthy, low-cost recipes on Rutgers’ website. Of course, there are meal ideas, but also check out the snacks and desserts. There, you’ll find a handful of ways to jazz up microwave popcorn with common spices. It’s the perfect no-guilt snack for TV bingeing. Bonus: The program also offers a few Walk Indoors! videos, which make it easy to ease into exercise, too.

Pinterest: Grab fresh recipe ideas from Rutgers chefs

For a foray into social media that is nothing but fun, check out the Our Favorite Recipes board on the Rutgers Dining Services page. There, you’ll find Chef Dave Mulé’s recipes for Jersey Tomato Bruschetta and Pesto Chicken Stuffed Tomato, as well as recommendations from him and other dining staff. Or seek inspiration for a food-truck-style meal on the Rutgers board The Knight Wagon.

TikTok: Join an intercollegiate movement challenge

Rutgers Rec and 39 other college rec centers have partnered with TikTok for the Spring 2020 National Recreation Movement. The goal: To get students, faculty, staff, and alumni to rack up 5 million minutes of movement in the weeks ahead. Rutgers was ranked #32 at last look, so don’t waste another second: Sign up, log your time, and do your school proud. (RU rah rah!)