Staying active while isolating at home
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A woman runs through Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, March 21. Currently, city parks and beaches are closed. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON
A woman runs through Sunset Cliffs on Saturday, March 21. Currently, city parks and beaches are closed. THOMAS MELVILLE/PENINSULA BEACON

Last week, San Diego County ordered all gyms in the county to close. On March 23, the City of San Diego closed beaches, parks, and trails. People can still walk and run outdoors in their neighborhoods, but must not be in groups and need to practice social distancing.

Going to the gym or a favorite workout class is part of a daily routine for many people. Luckily, just because facilities are closed it doesn’t mean that routine has to end. Below are some ideas to stay active while practicing social distancing.

To see a full list of digital workout resources available, visit



Many local and national gyms are taking their classes on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube. In many cases, these live-streamed classes are available to members and non-members alike and streamed publicly. In some cases, you may have to join a private group on Facebook or an email list to see the content. Some local studios taking this approach include Performance 360, Fortis & YOGALUX and the November Project San Diego


Individual instructors from studios are also hosting live classes through social platforms and video conferencing tools like Zoom. Some local instructors include Lauren with Hello Heart Space, Alexa Dorazioand Natalya with Bridal Bootcamp San Diego.



Some fitness apps, like Peloton and DownDog, are extending their trial periods or making their apps free for a few weeks. Through an app called Studio Sweat, the San Diego County YMCA is providing free access to a variety of workouts, including TRX, pilates, cycling and strength classes.

While some classes do require equipment there are so many options that just require showing up and pressing play. To see a full list of digital resources available, visit


Back to basics

While access to the gym can make working out easier, don’t forget about the basics. You will want to make sure to still practice social distancing though.


  • Walking and running. Get reacquainted with your neighborhood by walking or running around the block – say hello to neighbors from a safe distance.

  • Bodyweight exercises. From pushups to squats, there are a lot of exercises you can do without any equipment. Try committing to doing 100 sit-ups, push-ups and squats a few times a week. Or holding a plan for 100 seconds. And don’t forget about jumping rope.

  • Point Loma hills. If you need a quick burn, just head up one of the many hills leading from Ocean Beach to Point Loma. It’s guaranteed to get your heart pumping.

  • Bike rides. Don’t forget about riding your bike. There are plenty of roads – now with less traffic – to cruise around.


Lynn Walsh is a freelance journalist and an Obecian. She works to promote trust between journalists and the public through the Trusting News project and teaches at Point Loma Nazarene University. Originally from Ohio, Lynn has grown to love living at the beach and posts way too many San Diego sunset photos on Instagram.



  • YMCA San Diego has a website and app that features workouts to do at home.


  • Planet Fitness is live streaming home “work ins” on their Facebook page.



  • All DownDog apps are free until April 1. For students and teachers the apps are free until July 1.






  • The Little Yoga Studio is offering classes through Zoom. Members should sign-up for classes using their account or through the MINDBODY app.


  • Yoga Six is offering its members free access to at-home workouts through its mobile app, Y6Go.



  • Alexa Dorazio is offering free yoga class downloads on her website.


  • Natalya with Bridal Bootcamp San Diego is posting workout videos to her Instagram account.



  • Free Workout Apps: (search for them in the Apple App Store)

    • Daily Leg

    • Daily Butt

    • Simply Yoga

    • Daily Arm

    • Daily Ab

    • 7M Workout

    • WorkoutWomen

    • Ab Workout

    • Butt Workout

    • HIIT Workouts

Resources were compiled by Lynn Walsh for SDNewsand last updated on March 18. Want to add to this list? Feel free to make a suggestion by adding a comment in the document.


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EOS Fitness across San Diego and Southern California is also offering workouts online for free to members and the public.
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