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How to maintain your physical, mental health during the coronavirus pandemic

Women's Health editor-in-chief Liz Plosser breaks down the importance of maintaining your physical and mental health as more people are confined to their homes. She joins Yahoo Finance's On The Move panel to discuss.

Video Transcript

JULIE HYMAN: Liz Plosser is "Womens' Health" Editor-in-Chief. She's joining us as part of our Women and Money segment, brought to you by USAA.

Liz, it's good to see you. As you survey the landscape out there, I'm getting a lot of emails and messages from both publicly traded companies, individual gyms, individual influencers, about all of the fitness services that they're offering. How do you sift through everything?

LIZ PLOSSER: Yes. Well, thank you for having me. It's good to be here. And this is definitely a topic on everybody's minds right now as we are spending more and more time in our homes. I think for a lot of Americans, going to the gym or taking a boutique fitness class or running with a group of friends in a jogging group is just part of their daily ritual and healthy lifestyle, and suddenly those options are no longer available.

So what we've seen happen in the past week is that everybody from those gyms and studios to trainers with an online presence, whether that's in Facebook or Instagram, they're finding really creative ways to reach their audiences and new humans, and get them up and off the couch to do a little bit of exercise and fitness to try to stay mentally, emotionally, and physically healthy through all of this.

JULIE HYMAN: Yes. As we know, it can be a challenge, since all of us, obviously, are in our own homes. I want to bring in Melody Hahm. She is our West Coast reporter. She has a question for you, Liz.

MELODY HAHM: Hey, Liz. A lot of us are wondering whether these changes we're implementing during this uncertain time will be structural changes to our lifestyle, right? We've heard so much about telemedicine. We've seen a lot of these studios, like Julie mentioned, going to VOD anyway. Do you feel as though after this crisis abates, looking to 2021, 2022, will this be integral? Or will we kind of revert back to our previous behavior?

LIZ PLOSSER: I think that it will profoundly impact how we consume fitness. We had already seen at "Women's Health" that streaming fitness and these sort of virtual fitness options, whether it's the Peloton bike or the mirror or various apps that people use, those were just on the rise. But now it's putting fitness in the hands of all of these influencers and turning them into almost their own production studios where they can offer up fitness. So we're seeing all sorts of brands and people get in on that.

Having said all of that, I do think that once we get through this and come out on the other side-- stronger and healthier and better for it, god willing-- we will absolutely be craving those communities and connections and real life interactions-- the music, the high fives that you get in a fitness class, the energy of an in real life workout that's not quite the same when you're doing it by yourself in front of a screen at home. So while yes, I do think things will change, I also think that we'll have a new respect and love for the joy of working out together.

JULIE HYMAN: And Liz, I also just quickly wanted to ask you about mental health at home, too. We talked yesterday to the Chief Medical Officer at TalkSpace, who said they have seen a surge in interactions via their app. What are you seeing out there as well in terms of are we seeing as many resources on that front?

LIZ PLOSSER: Absolutely. I mean, I would 100% connect fitness to your mental health. There's a lot of amazing science about how it can reduce anxiety. It boosts your feel good endorphins and just makes you feel more like yourself when you can stick to a routine.

So these apps are definitely stepping up and creating a positive benefit for folks in that way. So for instance, we at "Women's Health" and our brother brand "Mens' Health" are now hosting Instagram Live workouts for all of our audience members to do at home with zero equipment for any fitness level.

There's just a sense of community when you can all get together. You have a place to be at a certain time. You can see hundreds or thousands of other people getting in on it together. And you come away from it feeling clearer, more confident, hopefully a little bit less stressed and high anxiety about everything happening in the world. So it's definitely a huge mental bonus.

And with the other beautiful thing I've seen is that a lot of companies are offering up free fitness for people right now. So folks that would normally charge are trying to give the gift of sweat and a workout to all of us who are in this together.

Another app that "Women's Health" and "Men's Health" produced with tons of amazing workouts-- again, many of them no equipment-- is called All Out Studio. And we just created a new code called Free30, which allows anybody who's interested, whether you're a first time exerciser or an advanced exerciser, to take advantage of it for a month.

JULIE HYMAN: Liz Plosser, it's good to see you. Liz Plosser, "Women's Health" Editor-in-Chief. Appreciate it.