How to Get a Good Workout When All the Gyms Are Closed

L.A.’s gyms are closed to the public at least until March 31, but there are plenty of ways to get your heart rate up in the meantime

Gym rats are scurrying to find ways to sweat now that all Los Angeles gyms are closed at least through March 31. Here are some suggestions for staying fit and beating stress.

Get outside

Dr. Gary Cohan, a well-known internist in Beverly Hills says he has been inundated with questions from patients wondering how to get their fitness fix. “Go outdoors,” says Dr. Cohan. “Think about walking, running, hiking, or even biking.” Since you have to change your workout routine for a bit, it may be well worth breathing in the fresh air to get that cardio rush. It’s a natural way to create social distancing, plus experts say sunlight is a natural disinfectant and can potentially inactivate bacteria and viruses.

Bring your class home

One group text with eight women started this morning with: “What are we going to do now that gyms are closed?” Answers came in fast and furious. One said she was buying a Peloton bike, another was turning to her fitness guru on Instagram, and the trendy one of the bunch already owned something called Mirror, a subscription-based home gym on a floor-length mirror. It offers everything from cardio and strength training to yoga and boxing.

There are so many services now,” says Joyce Chang, former editor of Self and founder of the wellness startup From the Get Go. “A lot of your favorite studios will have streaming options… you can even subscribe to classes on Apple TV.”

Lose the weights

Maybe it’s time to simplify your routine. “Go back to the basics,” says Nonna Gleyzer of Body by Nonna in West Hollywood. “Get out a mat and do sit-ups, push-ups, lunges, squats, burpees, and stretching.” The trainer to the likes of Giselle, Tom Brady, and Samuel L. Jackson says if you want to get your heart rate up, simply do jumping jacks or march in place. “It may seem boring but it will get the job done right now.”

Water works

Once it warms up, if you have access to a pool, experts say to jump in. According the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) there is no evidence that the Coronavirus can be spread through pools or hot tubs. Obviously the water needs to have the proper chemicals in it such as chlorine and bromine.

If you don’t like doing laps then simply walk in place in the shallow part of a pool.

All experts agree that during this anxious time it’s important to destress.  Find innovative and safe ways to workout.  “When you feel physically good, you feel mentally better,” says Joyce Chang. “By moving your body it will help get you through the emotional turmoil and mental anxiety.”

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