Miami offering free fitness app to students and employees during pandemic
Miami University is partnering with Caravan Wellness to offer the fitness app free to students, faculty and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Miami Recreation is covering the cost to offer the leading wellness app, which has hundreds of video classes. No credit card information is needed for the free access.
Anecdotal feedback has been strong, with patrons liking the blend of formats, instructors and options for longer or shorter workouts.
There also is an exclusive Miami program designed to help users reduce day-to-day stress and improve mental and physical health. With a mix of meditation, yoga, fitness and stretching, the program provides a holistic approach to health and well-being.
Because COVID-19 has made in-person exercise challenging, recreation officials began exploring options in the spring.
“Too many logistics issues came out for us to create our own online classes,” said Mike Arnos, senior director of programs & academic partnerships. “Caravan was able to offer high quality, low-cost opportunities that met the university accessibility requirements.”
Miami plans to offer the service through the end of the spring semester, Arnos said. Officials will then “reevaluate for the future whether we can provide it as a free service, paid service or, as we move back into a less-COVID world, if we will not have enough interest for the service.”
Anecdotal feedback has been strong, with patrons liking the blend of formats, instructors and options for longer or shorter workouts, he said.