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Some fitness companies are now offering free online workout routines for individuals at home during ... [+] the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last updated: 3/24/20 at 1:00 p.m. ET.

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to affect individualswhether its putting them out of work or forcing them to shelter in placesome already might be getting a bit stir crazy.

Companies are stepping up to provide help to individuals affected by the coronavirus pandemic, whether its through air travel, banking or mortgages. Now, some companies are offering free entertainment or workout services to help keep families entertained, educated and healthy as they stay at home.

Heres a list of companies offering free services to help individuals cope during the coronavirus pandemic. This post will be updated regularly.

Audible has launched a free collection of audiobooks for children. Amazons Kindle is offering two free months to its unlimited ebook service for new users.

Hockey season is on pause for now, but sports fans can still get their fix for games. The National Hockey League is providing free streams of full replays of games from the 2019-2020 regular season.

Scribd is offering its library of ebooks, audiobooks, magazine articles and more to anyone, for free, for the next 30 days. The online reading tool has millions of titles and programs available and can be accessed via online or through its app.

SHOWTIME is offering a free 30-day trial to new customers who sign up before May 3. A credit card is required to sign up, but a SHOWTIME rep tells Forbes that individuals can cancel at any time before the 30 days period ends to avoid being charged.

Ivy League schools have made nearly 500 online courses free to keep individuals occupied while stuck indoors. The online courses can be found on Class Central and include subjects in mathematics, programming, personal development, education and more.

Scholastic has launched a free, online learning hub to encourage students to keep learning while their regular school schedules are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. THe hub, Scholastic Learn At Home, features daily learning activities for students in Pre-K and up. The free service can be accessed on all devices with no sign-up required.

AT&T is waiving domestic plan overage charges for data, voice or text. The waiver applies to residential or small business wireless customers who are facing economic hardship related to the coronavirus pandemic. The company is also waiving any late payment fees on wireless, home phone or broadband residential or small business customers who cant pay their bill due to hardship; additionally, no service will be terminated due to inability to pay. All resolutions offered by AT&T will be in effect for the next 60 days.

Cox is offering a low-income internet tier with no annual contract to individuals who need internet during the COVID-19 pandemic. There are no qualifications for the service. It costs $19.00 per month, but will have a temporary boost up to 50 Mbps, for free, through May 15. Additionally, customers unable to pay their bill at this time will not have their service terminate and will not incur any late fees due to their economic circumstances related to the COVD-19 pandemic.

Sprint is providing assistance to customers affected by COVID-19. The company is offering unlimited data for 60 days to customers with metered plans (in effect as of March 18). Additionally, Sprint is giving 20 GB of free mobile hotspot to customers with devices capable of becoming a hotspot, and is also waiving per-minute toll charges for international long-distance calls from the U.S. to CDC-defined Level 3 countries (effective 3/17).

Xfinity is making hotspot connectivity free, including for non-Xfinity internet customers. Additionally, the internet service company is pausing data plans through May 13 and giving all customers unlimited data for no additional charge.

All T-Mobile customers as of March 13 who have plans with data will be given unlimited smartphone data for the next 60 days, excluding roaming. Additionally, customers with smartphone mobile hotspots can add 20GB of data by adding the COVID-19 Response High Speed Smartphone Mobile HotSpot feature for each voice line. T-Mobile customers who need more time to pay their bills can set up a payment arrangement online.

Verizon is not charging late fees or terminating service for individuals who cannot pay their bill in full due to hardship faced from the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, the servicer is offering free international calling to countries identified by the CDC as level 3 impacted by COVID-19 (exception: a maximum of 300 minutes of free calling will be provided for calling Iran, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovenia).

Headspace, a guided meditation service, is offering free meditations through its app. The free programs include meditations, sleep and movement exercises and can be found in the Weathering the storm collection on the app. Creating a Headspace account is also free.

Core Power Yoga, a popular yoga studio chain, is currently offering free online classes through its Core Power Yoga On Demand platform. The classes are pre-recorded and range from 30 minutes to up to an hour long. The studio is also offering online guided breathing practices and meditations.

Peloton, the popular in-home workout and cycling program, is offering a free 90-day trial to new customers through its app. Available programming on the free trial includes yoga, meditation, strength training, cycling, running and more. A credit card is required to enroll in the free trial, but Peloton says it will remind users three days before their trial ends so they arent accidentally billed, and the trial can be canceled at any time.

Golds Gym is offering free access to its app GOLDS AMP until the end of May. The app comes with more than 600 audio and video workouts. To enroll, individuals should head to goldsamp.com/promo and redeem the code FIT60 at check out. The promo code must be activated by April 30 and users will have free GOLDS AMP access until May 31.

National gym-chain Planet Fitness is offering free workouts on Facebook Live daily at 7 p.m. ET. For individuals who cant make it to the live workout, they will be able to view the workout afterwards on the Planet Fitness Facebook page and YouTube channel.

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