Why Don’t We Talk More about Fitness as Disease Prevention?
It seems like we’ve talked more about avoiding sickness this year than ever. We have all heard many times that we’re supposed to wash hands frequently. That we’re to stay at a safe distance from other people, and wear masks in public.
We’re told not to do this or that or “Don’t go there.”
But there’s an essential part of disease prevention not discussed enough. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle through exercise, nutrition, and other pro-active, empowering acts of responsibility and self-care.
Positive Steps to Take
Please make no mistake about it. Regular exercise, healthy eating, getting enough sleep, hydration, and managing stress all play a crucial role in protecting against infection and other health problems. They keep our immune systems healthy, our joints and muscles functional, and our respiratory system operating right.
We’ve heard told all too often that being “healthy” means getting over an illness. But it also means staying energetic, not getting sick, and maintaining a quality of life that keeps us independent and fully functioning.
There are many dangers even during non-pandemic times. Things like obesity, fast food, slothfulness, sitting too much, not moving enough, avoiding emotions, alcohol and drug abuse, etc.
We want to avoid those problems just like we want to prevent Covid-19.
Most Gym/Studio Members Want to Return
Gyms and fitness studios like Your Personal Best play a crucial role in keeping us safe from disease. Since reopening after quarantine, they have gone through extensive sanitation and established procedures to keep members safe.
At YPB, our clients leave or change their shoes at the door, wash and sanitize their hands and work independently in stations that are 6+ feet apart from each other. The team and our clients clean all surfaces routinely using Norwex cloths and we still train 50+% of our clients’ LIVE streamed into their homes daily.
One of the leading organizations in the fitness industry surveyed gymgoers in four countries – the US, Spain, Poland, and India – and found fascinating support for this.
For instance, the vast majority of gym/studio members have returned or plan to get back in business as soon as possible. That figure is 65 percent in the US, according to the International Health, Racquet & Sportsclub Association (IHRSA). In Spain, it’s 88 percent!
Members have been less active during the coronavirus crisis, with gyms and studios forced to close. And gym/studio members depend on their facilities for better health and well-being.
“Now, more than ever, healthy habits, including regular exercise, are critical for overall well-being and heightened immunity,” IHRSA says.
Get Your Exercise Regardless
Data from Norway and Arkansas boosted the industry’s claims of safety, finding no higher risk of contracting the coronavirus at a gym, IHRSA reported. In Arkansas, just 0.3 percent of active cases had been to a gym. And the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in May revealed that the virus “does not spread easily” from touching surfaces or objects. So enhanced cleaning – like frequently wiping down equipment with an antibacterial solution – should be a pivotal component to reopening.
Who knew our online training would become such a viable option? So many of our clients have responded enthusiastically to our coaching through ZOOM. In fact, over 80% during our stay-at-home orders. If you have questions about our safety and cleanliness standards, please let us know. We’re happy and available to show you all we’ve done.
And if you’re still not comfortable, that’s OK, too. Just be sure to get your exercise in other ways, eat well, sleep enough, drink plenty of water, and talk through your stress with someone you trust.
There’s so much you CAN do to stay healthy!