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Keep Moving…Even During this Period of Physical Distancing


Limestone Canyon Nature Preserve

Even during this period of physical distancing, we can continue to exercise.  Irvine is fortunate to be surrounded by nearly 40,000 acres of open space on the historic Irvine Ranch that have been designated a Natural Landmark by both the State of California and the U.S. Department of the Interior.

The Irvine Ranch Open Space consists of protected wildlands, including six nature preserves.

Even though all group hikes and outdoor events have been canceled, individuals can continue to enjoy hiking on their own, as long as they are careful to practice physical distancing.

Several gyms and yoga studios have moved their most popular classes online and are streaming them free of charge.

Below are a few of the most popular online exercise classes:

Orangetheory is sharing a new 30-minute workout video each day, featuring some of its most popular coaches from around the world.  According to the fitness center, the workouts don’t require any special equipment, but may feature everyday household items.  To get started, click here.

Gold’s Gym is offering a variety of digital workouts for free through the end of May.  To download the app which offers over 600 audio and video workouts, click here.

CorePower Yoga is offering free access to a limited collection of online yoga and meditation classes while their studios are closed.  To access the classes, click here.

Planet Fitness is live streaming “Work-Ins” at 4pm every day on Facebook.  The company said its trainers, and occasionally surprise celebrity guests, will lead the 20-minute workouts, which are free for everyone.   To join the fun, click here.

One of the most stress-relieving things we can do from home right now is to turn the news off, put our favorite music on, and start dancing. It’s not only terrific exercise, but studies have proven that dancing helps lower stress levels.

So find that song you love and dance like nobody’s watching.

And if you are interested in learning some new moves, check out these free online dancing classes:

Bollywood dancing star Madhuri Dixit is sharing her favorite dance moves by offering two free classes each week through the month of April.  It’s a fun way for the whole family to get in some exercise.  To learn more, click here.

CLI Studios (a well-known dance studio offering live and prerecorded master classes) has begun live-streaming free classes on their Facebook channel.  To get started, click here.


ICNV Staff


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