Why experts say the pandemic-led virtual-fitness boom is here to stay

  • Much like how Netflix and Amazon disrupted the way Americans watch television and shop, experts say the on-demand fitness boom is ushering in the next wave of digitization in our lives. 
  • While the pandemic was integral to the rise of digital fitness, Matthew Schopfer, the head of research at Infusive, said it ultimately accelerated a push toward digital fitness that had long been in the works.
  • “The virtual component was already a big deal for us as a brand,” Retro Fitness Chief Marketing Officer Victor Bao told Business Insider. “And then as the pandemic shut down every single business in the world, we made a big thrust into virtual.”
  • We talked to leaders in the fitness industry and analysts about why they think virtual fitness is here to stay, even when the pandemic subsides.
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The pandemic has drastically changed the way Americans exercise,

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Working From Home Is Here to Stay: Viewpoint

The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the economy, sent joblessness soaring, and killed over a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which the pandemic may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work. Though it was initially necessary to keep employees from getting sick, remote work promises to make people more productive and happier while helping the environment and preserving infrastructure.

When the coronavirus struck, those who could do their jobs remotely often did. The number has gradually declined as our understanding of safety measures increased, but it’s still substantial:

And while many people will go back to the office after the pandemic is over, part of the shift will probably be permanent. A recent survey shows a substantial increase in the number of workers who say they won’t go back to the office full time:

There are certainly drawbacks to the remote trend. Those working

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Working From Home Is Here to Stay, So Let’s Get It Right

(Bloomberg Opinion) — The Covid-19 pandemic has crushed the economy, sent joblessness soaring, and killed over a million people worldwide. But there are a few ways in which the pandemic may prompt society to improve, and one is remote work. Though it was initially necessary to keep employees from getting sick, remote work promises to make people more productive and happier while helping the environment and preserving infrastructure.

When the coronavirus struck, those who could do their jobs remotely often did. The number has gradually declined as our understanding of safety measures increased, but it’s still substantial:



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Still Staying Home

And while many people will go back to the office after the pandemic is over, part of the shift will probably be permanent. A recent survey shows a substantial increase in the number of workers who say they won’t go back to the office full time:



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8 football snack recipes that will make you want to stay home this Sunday

CLEVELAND, Ohio — We’re well into football season and while games look a little different this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, our backyard barbecues and low-key Sunday get-togethers have stayed the same.

We’re still parked in front of the TV every week, drinking beer and eating all of those football foods we know and love — wings, pizza, chips, the whole 9 yards.

While it’s very tempting to head to a bar to watch the big game, or order takeout to your couch, the best football snacks ever are definitely the ones you make in your own kitchen.

If you’re sick of microwave nachos and frozen wings, we’ve created 8 recipes for football foods that are practically begging you to stay home this Sunday. These dishes are better than anything you can find on the delivery pizza place’s menu and they’re filling enough to feed a crowd, if

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White House Staffers Exhibiting Covid-19 Symptoms Urged To Stay Home

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White House staffers have reportedly been urged to stay home and not come to work if they exhibit any symptoms of Covid-19, days after President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and numerous other close associates were tested positive for the disease with Trump being hospitalized at the Walter Reed Medical Center.

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According to an internal White House email obtained by New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi on Sunday night, White House staffers who show any symptoms have also been directed to “immediately contact your primary care provider” and “inform their supervisors.”

The guidance from the White House comes almost three days after the president first announced that he and his wife have been infected.

The White House has been criticized for its lax policies on mask-wearing and social distancing, with

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White House staffers get email saying to stay home if they experience coronavirus symptoms

White House staffers were urged in an email Sunday to “please stay home” and “do not come to work” if they have exhibited any symptoms of the coronavirus.

An all-staff email obtained by New York Magazine’s Olivia Nuzzi directed members of the White House staff to “immediately contact your primary care provider” and “inform their supervisors” in the event of symptoms being presented.

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Home working here to stay, say businesses



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More home working is likely to be a permanent fixture for a majority of businesses, according to a study.

A survey of just under 1,000 firms by the Institute of Directors (IoD) shows that 74% plan on maintaining the increase in home working.

More than half planned on reducing their long-term use of workplaces.

A smaller survey of bosses whose firms had already cut workplace use suggested 44% of them thought working from home was proving “more effective”.

“Remote working has been one of the most tangible impacts of coronavirus on the economy. For many, it could be here to stay,” said Roger Barker, director of policy at the IoD.

“Working from doesn’t work for everyone, and directors must be alive to the downsides. Managing teams remotely can prove far from straightforward, and directors must make sure they are going out of their way to support employees’

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Home working here to stay, study of businesses suggests

A woman working at home
A woman working at home

More home working is likely to be a permanent fixture for a majority of businesses, according to a study.

A survey of just under 1,000 firms by the Institute of Directors (IoD) shows that 74% plan on maintaining the increase in home working.

More than half planned on reducing their long-term use of workplaces.

A smaller survey of bosses whose firms had already cut workplace use suggested 44% of them thought working from home was proving “more effective”.

“Remote working has been one of the most tangible impacts of coronavirus on the economy. For many, it could be here to stay,” said Roger Barker, director of policy at the IoD.

“Working from doesn’t work for everyone, and directors must be alive to the downsides. Managing teams remotely can prove far from straightforward, and directors must make sure they are going out of their way to

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Runny nose, stay home? Canada schools debate how to act on common cold symptoms

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Just four days into the new school year, Trevor Boutilier’s five-year-old son was sent home from his Ottawa kindergarten with a runny nose and slight cough, and told to stay away until he’d had a COVID-19 test and was symptom free.

FILE PHOTO: Students arrive for the first time since the start of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic at Hunter’s Glen Junior Public School, part of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada September 15, 2020. REUTERS/Carlos Osorio/File Photo

The local testing center was overrun, so Boutilier drove his son miles out of the city to a small town for the test. They waited for four days for the result, which came back negative.

By then, his son, who suffers seasonal allergies, had been symptom free for days and missed nearly a week of school.

“If you’re going to send them home and have

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Immunity-Boosting Breakfast Ideas You Must Try To Stay Healthy

A healthy diet can help you boost immunity

Highlights

  • Citrus fruits are loaded with immunity boosting properties
  • Ginger and turmeric are beneficial for your immune system
  • Fibre-rich breakfast can help you lose weight

It is often advised to consume a healthy and heavy breakfast. It is considered as the most important meal of the day. Breakfast provides you optimum energy levels to start your day and help in healthy weight management. The need to enhance immunity has been stressed enough in the past few months. A strong immune system helps you fight against diseases. It works as a defence against diseases. You can make certain modifications to your breakfast too which can help you boost immunity. Several foods, kitchen ingredients and healthy eating practices are beneficial for your immune system. Here are some tips that can help you consume an immunity-boosting breakfast.

Immunity-boosting breakfast tips

1. Add fruits to breakfast

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