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Social distancing has made it impossible to hit the gym, which means your exercise options are limited to taking a walk around your neighborhood or using whatever equipment you have in your home. According to the Mayo Clinic, it’s incredibly important to exercise while in self-isolation. Good news: Plenty of gyms and fitness studios are offering free classes online. Here’s a few of our favorites.

West Long Branch-based gym Lubischer’s Burn and Blast Training is offering a variety of workouts via Facebook Live. Try exercises that’ll work on your upper and lower body and more.

Yoga Central, based in Branchburg, is offering free, pre-recorded classes on its website. Topics range from energy and immunity to gentle movements and calming meditation.

Clinton’s Empower Fitness is offering quick full-body and barre workouts (and more!) on its Facebook page. (You might even catch a glimpse of some cute pups in the background.)

Pure Barre is streaming live “classic” classes on Facebook Live. Check the events page to see which classes are scheduled.

Orangetheory Fitness is offering easy exercises on its Facebook and Instagram accounts, plus they incorporate household items, like a backpack, that you might have lying around into workouts.

Give home fitness a go with Snap Fitness. The Elks River location is posting HIIT workouts and live streaming bootcamps on Facebook.

Try Planet Fitness’ home work-ins, which stream daily at 7 pm on Facebook. You can always catch the stream later when exercising fits into your schedule.

Retro Fitness is also getting in on the action with their daily (weekday) home workouts at 6 pm on Facebook Live. Try HIIT, workout bingo, body blast workouts and more.

If you’re a fan of Beachbody’s Shaun T, you’ll love these two new 25-minute workouts with the iconic instructor. His workouts feature moves from Insanity, Hip Hop Abs, Shaun Week, and Focus T25. Workouts are available on Beachbody On Demand.

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