After February Fitness, we all felt inspired to continue working out at our favorite Los Angeles studios, but when that no longer became on option for us, we got creative! From cardio equipment to daily FaceTime walks and online workouts, here are the ways our team is staying active while sheltering in place:
While I am definitely someone who usually favors long walks or morning hikes over traditional gym workouts, I've actually surprised myself with how much I enjoy using G's Tonal Machine. The first time I tried it out, I took a strength assessment so that the machine can calculate the exactly right amount of weight and resistance my body can handle, continuously adjusting as I get stronger. I usually choose a full-body workout in the 16-25 minute range and have found that the quick burn really helps keep my anxiety at bay. Beyond that, I work up a solid sweat running obstacle courses outside with Sloan and playing basketball (read: shooting hoops solo).
For the past two or so weeks, my Nike Run Club guided runs have become few and far between as I become increasingly resistant to even leaving my front door (the West Hollywood neighborhood I live in is dense, so it's difficult to stay six feet away from people...it's been a week since I stepped outside!). But I finally found a cadence that works for me: Six days a week, I do a 30-minute dance cardio class on Obé (mostly Amanda Kloots' classes, at Jess's recommendation!) to get sweating, immediately followed by a 30-minute workout on Kayla Itsines' Sweat app. On my "rest" day, I still move—I do a Melissa Wood yoga or pilates class, plus a dance cardio class if I need the boost! The hour I spend moving is the best part of my day. It's helped me maintain a level of fitness that keeps me happy and healthy while I count down the days until I can hike again.
Social distancing has given me the opportunity to experiment with quite a few workouts I'd been considering but hadn't pulled the trigger on. Aside from my daily FaceTime walks/catchups with Kelly (yes, we miss each other that much, and yes, we're adorable), I've been riding my Peloton more consistently than I had been the past few months. Their subscription also comes with various, non-spin videos, and I've tried some of their yoga, strength, and stretch classes (love 'em!). I signed up for Obé (where I'm cycling through their 30-minute Amanda Kloots dance videos) and P.volve (I tried trying a few of the series in their workout library), stream hour-long yoga sessions from my favorite New York studio, Sky Ting, and will be testing out Tracy Anderson later this week, because I've been too intimidated to try it in person.
Taking a 20 to 30 minute walk in the afternoon to FaceTime with Jess is not only the greatest gift to my sanity, it makes sure I do at least something slightly active every day. I read an article last week penned by Scott Kelly, the astronaut who spent an entire year living on the International Space Station, about his tips for living in isolation. The one that stuck out to me the most was: go outside. As long as you commit to dodging others on the sidewalk, going outside is still okay. As Kelly (cool name!) says, "After being confined to a small space for months, I actually started to crave nature—the color green, the smell of fresh dirt, and the feel of warm sun on my face. Research has shown that spending time in nature is beneficial for our mental and physical health, as is exercise. You don’t need to work out two and a half hours a day, as astronauts on the space station do, but getting moving once a day should be part of your quarantine schedule." Other than daily walks, I've never been happier about my best purchase of 2019, my Peloton! I take at least 3 rides a week with Cody, cycling/dancing my cabin fever away to Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Jamiroquai, and other killer 90's jams.
Prior to social distancing, I was getting into a real bootcamp groove, attending Basecamp classes with Leslie, and just beginning to feel the positive effects. I am trying not to lose steam during this time while still remaining realistic with myself (and my aversion for working out alone). While I wish I was more motivated to sign up for a daily Zoom class, that just isn't where I'm at right now and I am choosing not to judge myself for it. Instead, I try to go for a long walk for about an hour every day, making a point of exploring streets and neighborhoods I'd never been to prior in an effort to keep things interesting. I usually listen to a non-news-related podcast like Radio Cherry Bombe, KCRW's Good Food, or This American Life, but have also been bopping to some "quarantunes" (especially King Princess 🙌) depending on my mood. Beyond that, I am trying to do some light lifting and weight training at home to Blogilates videos. They are free, short, and usually don't require anything more than a mat!
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