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National Student-Athlete Day: Quarantine Workout

We're all getting stir-crazy social distancing, and for athletes, it's likely worse. Here's a fun at-home workout challenge for National Student-Athlete Day.

Today is National Student-Athlete Day! You may be bummed because your season’s been cut short or you can’t go play a pickup game with your friends—but that doesn’t mean you can’t still be active. It may be difficult while social distancing, but there are ways you can make it fun for yourself as you go about your new daily routine at home.

When you start feeling the COVID lethargy we all seem to be experiencing, try this at-home workout challenge based around your favorite memes, shows, and more.

When you’re on Facebook…

Facebook is a hotbed of activity right now between the pandemic, the presidential race, and the emergence of Tiger King memes. Here’s how you can break a sweat if you’re going to be perusing your newsfeed for an extended period of time.

Tiger King meme = 20 jumping jacks

Joe Exotic wants you to stay in shape!

Tiger King via GIPHY

Anything about Animal Crossing = 10 squats

Pole vault yourself into fitness (when you take a break from playing, of course).

Animal Crossing via GIPHY

Coronavirus news = 30-second mountain climbers

The world may be in chaos, but your health doesn’t have to be.

Mean Girls via GIPHY

Political posts = 30-second plank

As if the political landscape wasn’t crazy enough before—now it’s happening during a pandemic. Work out your election stress!

Barack Obama via GIPHY

When you’re on Instagram…

Instagram is riddled with memes much like Facebook, but you’ll find far more inspiration and “living my best life” posts there. Instagram is also notorious for being not entirely honest because we all want to show our best selves. If you find any of these common things while double-tapping, get moving when you do!

A summer throwback photo about wanting to be outside again = 30 crunches

Just think how much time we have right now to get that “summer body” for when we can leave the house again…

Hey Arnold! via GIPHY

Quarantine meme = high-knee jog in place 30 seconds

These memes are everywhere, so you’re taking on a real challenge with this one!


“How’s everyone holding up?” or “We’ll get through this together!” post = 15 leg lifts

Make like the Wildcats and get moving with every inspirational post you see.

High School Musical via GIPHY

While you’re watching Netflix…

Netflix is the king of sucking away the hours. One moment you’re sitting down to watch some reruns of your favorite show at 6:00 pm and the next thing you know, it’s 2 o’clock in the morning and you can’t remember how many episodes you even got through. To prevent you from falling into the Netflix abyss, try these quick in-between-episodes workouts.

After every 30-minute episode = 20 jumping jacks + 30-second plank

We’re all feeling Jim’s energy right now, so get the endorphins pumping for a mood boost!

The Office via GIPHY

After every hour-long episode = 30 crunches + 30-second mountain climbers

Either you haven’t watched Tiger King yet or you’re ready to watch it again. Either way, that’s seven episodes to binge and seven quick workouts to do.

Tiger King via GIPHY

After every movie = high-knee jog in place for 30 seconds + 15 leg lifts + 10 squats

If you haven’t watched Frozen 2 on Disney+ yet, what are you waiting for? Go watch it! Then do this quick workout like Elsa here.

Frozen 2 via GIPHY 

Happy National Student-Athlete Day! If you try this fool-proof exercise plan, let us know on Twitter.

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