How to Stay Active During COVID-19 Pandemic

Things are a bit crazy right now to say the least – we’re under a ‘Shelter in Place’ order here in the Bay Area for the next three weeks due to the recent outbreak of the coronavirus or COVID-19. This means that we’ll be staying home and trying our best to stay healthy.

Focus on the things we can control and let go of the things we can’t.

I felt mentally and physically drained last week with the stress of ‘what-ifs’ scenarios – what if my marathon gets cancelled, what if we have to cancel our wedding, what if I have the virus, etc., but none of these things are in my control. So, what is in my control? Staying active – to keep myself both mentally and physically healthy. Here are some great ideas on how to stay active without having to buy equipment, while also practicing social distancing.

Local Fitness Studios – Virtual Classes

I list this one first because our local businesses need our help right now. My two favorite studios in San Francisco – Ritual Hot Yoga and MNT Studio (Barre/Pilates) – are offering virtual classes through Zoom. These classes are free for studio members and $10 for non-members – this price is a steal! I highly recommend trying out one of their classes or a studio near you.

Run, Hike and Walk – 6 feet away from others

With the Shelter in Place order, health officials encourage getting outside for regular exercise such as running, hiking or walking. Note that you should do things activities alone or with close family, while keeping 6 feet away from others. Bored of your neighborhood and not sure where to find an isolated trail near you? I highly recommend checking out All Trails.

Free Workouts On Demand

Ever heard the saying, “there’s an app for everything”? There is no shortage when it comes to fitness apps and you can have your favorite workouts at the tips of your fingertips. Self.com published this list of Best New Workout Apps this year, but my two favorites are Nike Training Club and Down Dog. You can find anything on the Nike Training Club app and it’s free with an account. I recently discovered Down Dog as they are offering yoga, HIIT and barre workouts free until April 1st. In response to school closures, they are also offering free access until July 1st for all students and teachers – how cool is that?!

There are a lot of businesses doing awesome things right now despite this very difficult and unprecedented time. Let’s continue to share, inspire and support one another!

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