Virtual Fitness and Wellness Programs Keep the University Community Connected

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In light of remote learning and work, ChargerREC, the University of New Haven’s campus recreation department, has implemented innovative measures to maintain fitness and foster connections within the campus community.

Virtual Fitness Classes and Activities

  • ChargerREC offers live fitness classes and activities led by experienced instructors via Instagram and Zoom.
  • Classes are designed to cater to various fitness levels and personal preferences, including strength training, cardio exercises, yoga, meditation, and wellness talks.
  • Unique class offerings include “Household HIIT” (high-intensity interval training) utilizing household items and “QuaranTraining,” an indoor boot-camp-style class.

Community Engagement

  • ChargerREC prioritizes social interaction and community engagement during these challenging times.
  • “Ask a Trainer” videos on Instagram provide real-time responses to fitness-related queries from viewers.
  • Virtual fitness classes foster a sense of camaraderie and support among participants.

Expansion of Recreation Offerings

  • Beyond fitness, ChargerREC has expanded its recreation offerings to include virtual video game tournaments, esports competitions, and virtual viewing parties for popular television shows.
  • These activities aim to promote entertainment, social interaction, and a sense of community among students.

Student and Staff Involvement

  • Students and staff play a vital role in the success of ChargerREC’s virtual programs.
  • Bella Miceli, assistant director of fitness and wellness, leads efforts to plan and coordinate virtual sessions.
  • Ananya Khatri, a graduate student in industrial/organizational psychology, conducts virtual yoga and meditation classes.

Stress Management and Well-being

  • Virtual yoga and meditation classes are specifically designed to help students manage stress and anxiety during this uncertain time.
  • Khatri’s research on mindfulness training through immersive virtual reality focuses on promoting empathy and overall well-being.


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