With gyms closed, people hit the steps at the Indiana War Memorial

Posted at 2:43 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 15:25:00-04

INDIANAPOLIS — Fitness enthusiasts are finding new ways to get their steps in while Central Indiana's gyms are off-limits during the COVID-19 pandemic.

With so many downtown offices, computers and desks sitting idle, Alison Chestovich was one of several people working out Monday afternoon on the steps of the Indiana War Memorial.

"I'm just trying to get my workout in," she said. "All of the gyms are closed because of the pandemic. All of us here are looking for a substitute gym."

The sound of pounding feet to the steps was music to their ears, and it's not just the physical strength that they are trying to keep up. It's their mental health.

"Putting your headphones in and zoning out and kind of forgetting about what's going on and just being outside. It helps with your mental state of mind," Laura Michaelis said. "Fitness and health is kind of like my sanity. Without the gym and interaction with people at the gym, it just helps to get outside and break a sweat."

As they do their workouts, keeping their social distance, they hope others continue to fight the uphill battle and return to normalcy, one step at a time.