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Staying active while stuck at home

Many gyms are offering free virtual workout classes, while gyms remain closed.

WACO, Texas — The coronavirus outbreak is forcing gyms to close, but that doesn't mean exercise is cancelled.

Many gyms are offering free virtual workout classes, while gyms remain closed.

Franny Cochran a personal trainer, certified nutrition coach and owner of The Muscle Cave Bar and Gym said it's important to stay on the right track.

"It's been really tough on everybody. Working out is so good for you not just physically but mentally," Cochran said. 

Their classes are available and free to everyone. They offer live workouts and videos. Cochran said anyone can do it and you don't need much, but you do get a lot out of it. 

"All those feel-good endorphins that you know exercise naturally does for you, it's like the best kind of anti-anxiety pill you can get without popping a pill," Cochran said.

This is uncharted territory but right now, Cochran said health is more important than ever. Keep a positive attitude, stay connected with friends, and don't get stuck in one place.

"Being outside is just a natural mood lifter in Itself just like exercise. Take a change of scenery. Don't get lost in those four walls," Cochran said. 

Even with a shelter-in-place order across Central Texas, outdoor activity is still allowed. Go for a walk, hike, or ride a bike. Just be sure to follow the six feet social distancing guidelines. 

"Keep it fun, keep it interesting but keep it in routine because we're gonna come out of this one way or another. So why not come out still in good health because that's the whole reason we're all freaking out anyway," Cochran said. 

At this time, several gyms are offering free online workout classes whether you're a member or not.

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