By Frank Ram
With gyms and health clubs closing across the country, people are trying to find new ways to stay fit. Some may be trying online workouts through YouTube or some other online program that may require a monthly subscription. I would recommend another route. One that will help you get in the best shape of your life and will be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life. Training for a marathon.
While nearly every state is under a stay-at-home order, many if not all of those allow for people to go out for walks and runs as long as they are practicing social distancing. This makes running the best option for so many of us.
I've ran three marathons over the past year, two L.A. Marathons and One Long Beach Marathon, and they've been some of the funnest experiences of my life. It might sound weird to some to think that running 26.2 miles could be fun, but until you've actually trained for one and actually ran in a race, you couldn't possibly understand.
Here's a few reasons to take up running as your go to training at least while the gyms are closed.
1. It's Affordable
Gym memberships can really add up after a while. Let's say you have a membership at L.A. Fitness and are paying $30 a month. That's $360 for that year, not including the initiation fee, first and last months cost you'll be paying when signing up, and the annual membership fee. Conservatively, you could be spending upwards of $450 to $500 a year.
In running, a solid pair of running shoes will run you about $120 to $140 and many local races, which can be found at sites like active.com, can be as cheap as $25 to $30.
And the great part is that the world is a runners' gym. All a runner has to do is step out of their house and start running. No membership fees required.
Fan Observer's Founder and Chief-of-Content. CSUSB Alumni. I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Dodger Fan. Also a fan of the Lakers, Rams and USC. #FightOn! Runs marathons on the weekend.