Virtual Recreation & Wellbeing
Author: Campus Recreation
Posted: March 20, 2020

At Campus Rec, the health and wellbeing of our members, staff, and the Portland State community is of the utmost importance to us. As a result, the Rec Center is closed (effective 3/15/20) until further notice to help curb the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This includes the pool and spa, Climbing Center, Outdoor Program office, Personal Training office, and Equipment Rental Center.

  • All Campus Rec programs, activities, and events are canceled until further notice. 
  • All Campus Rec memberships are suspended. Members will not be charged any late fees. Due to the timing of our closure, payroll deductions for March have been adjusted by PSU Human Resources to reflect the closure for 3/16 - 3/30. All payroll deductions for April have been paused through HR. No action is needed from members at this time.
  • The university is evaluating the closure and its impact on student fees. More information will be provided when available.
  • Lockers will not expire or be cleaned out during the closure. Items left in lockers during the closure will remain secure at no charge. 

Virtual Group X Classes

Campus Rec is offering virtual Group X fitness classes starting April 1 at 8 a.m. Classes include Yoga, HIIT + Abs, Bodyweight Bootcamp, Dance Fitness, Zumba, and Mindful Tai Chi. The virtual Group X schedule is available on our Schedules page and is currently scheduled through April 17.

Stay Informed

  • Check Campus Rec's homepage for updates and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
  • Stay connected and informed with Campus Rec Connect, a weekly e-newsletter with updates, tips, and resources to help you focus on wellbeing during the COVID-19 outbreak. Sign up today!
  • Portland State has developed a website for our collective response to the coronavirus. There are FAQs on the site that you might find helpful.
  • For information about the COVID-19 coronavirus, visit the CDC website.

Stay Active at Home

Staying active and connecting with friends and family contributes to holistic wellbeing, reduces stress, and prevents illness. We know everyone is being inundated with virtual resources to help, which can feel overwhelming and contribute to further anxiety. After researching many of the available options, Campus Rec has compiled a list of virtual resources that most closely align with our values of wellbeing and inclusion. Enjoy!


  • Down Dog Yoga - All Down Dog apps - Down Dog, Yoga for Beginners, HIIT, Barre, and 7 Minute Workout - are completely free until April 1st. They are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers (K-12 and college). Sign up with your .edu email address.
  • How to Run Safely Amid Coronavirus Concerns: Answers to your most frequently asked questions about running while the coronavirus pandemic continues to spread.
  • Yoga with Adriene - Free, high-quality yoga videos for all levels, all bodies, all genders, all souls! Classes range from 10-45 minutes, and include yoga for loneliness, stress, and anxiety.
  • How Swimmers Can Workout Without a Pool - No pool=no excuses! Stay in swimming shape with dryland routines.
  • Peloton App - Free 90-day access to a full library of classes that can be done from the comfort of home. Take a mix of yoga, meditation, strength, cycling, running and more. 


Family-Friendly Activities

Stay Well


  • Center for Student Health and Counseling (SHAC) - SHAC remains open to receive phone calls at (503) 725-2800 during our normal business hours (Monday-Thursday 9-5, Friday 9:30-5). If you are concerned that you have been exposed or are showing symptoms of coronavirus, contact your healthcare provider or call the SHAC Nurse Line with coronavirus related questions or concerns at (503) 725-2515 or the 24/7 Nurse Advice Line (after hours) at (844) 224-3145.
  • CDC Mental Health and Coping During Covid-19 - Support yourself through feelings of anxiety and stress with these recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Headspace Meditation - Headspace is a meditation app that provides the basics to meditation for free. Meditation has been shown to help people stress less, focus more, and even sleep better. Focus on meditation and mindfulness in just a few minutes a day.
  • Science-Based Strategies to Cope with Coronavirus Anxiety - Seven science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety. 
  • View Coronavirus Coverage with a Positive Outlook - Five ways to view coronavirus coverage while keeping things in perspective and maintaining a positive outlook. 
  • Reducing Stigma - Help counter stigma with the CDC's recommendations for reducing stigma in order to create resilient communities. 
  • Prevent Social Distance Loneliness - Advice for preserving your mental health while avoiding physical proximity.

Financial Resources