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Helpful Apps While Staying Home

Helpful Apps While Staying Home

April 15, 2020

With all the uncertainty in the world right now, many are feeling stressed and anxious. If you feel this way, here are a few apps that might help!

  • Exercise 
    Exercise is a great way to stay in shape and boost your mood! Using the OverDrive app, you can access tons of exercise instruction videos from the Library. If you are looking for a daily yoga routine, you can try out the Rodney Yee series of videos. Or if you’re looking for some basic exercise, you could try out the Denise Austin videos! There are options for all ages and even some specialized workouts for different areas or issues you would like to focus on. You can find the OverDrive app in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store for free—just sign in using your Library account.  

In addition to the Library’s resources, I enjoy free home workout video apps from Leap Fitness. These are ad-based, but you can pay for upgraded versions. The app that I use allows you to select exercises for specific areas of the body that you’d like to focus on.   

  • Entertainment 
    The Library has tons of online books and movies that you can download and stream to your devices. There are lots of different kinds of videos for adults as well as children available through Access Video on Demand and OverDrive Video. For even more movies and TV shows, there are several free apps you can use. TubiTVPlutoTVCrackle, and Vudu all offer a large variety if you don’t mind ads. Vudu also gives you the option to buy movies and shows. These have websites as well if you prefer to watch on your laptop.  

To stay connected with loved ones, many people have downloaded the Zoom app, which allows you to video chat with other users. Zoom is another app that is free to download, but you can pay for an upgraded version. 

  • News 
    Stay updated on the latest news about COVID-19 with the CDC’s app, which provides up-to-date information about the virus globally and what you should do to protect yourself. It also provides information about different diseases around the world and how they might affect you and others. In addition, the Library offers access to many top news publications both locally and beyond. Use your MCPL card to access PressReader, which has the latest headlines from around the world. 

There are many apps that can be helpful while we’re at home. What apps have you found to be helpful during this time? Leave your recommendations in the comments! 

Emily D. 
Excelsior Springs Branch 

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