“We know gyms are highly problematic”, Gov. Cuomo of New York said in a statement regarding the spread of COVID-19, citing them as “nationally identified sources of increased infections.”
It’s true. You CAN be exposed to COVID-19 in the gym…especially when people are working hard, expelling large amounts of air from their mouths in a contained space.
BUT, I’m still going to tell you that the benefits of going to the (right kind of) gym far outweigh any risks.
I am THRILLED to report that even having been running group classes since early May, as of today, we have only had one member with known infection, and that person had not been attending because he knew he was being exposed at work. That member quickly recovered and is back with us now – happy, healthy and strong.
Here’s what we are doing at Jubilee Fitness and Nutrition to help minimize your risk of exposure and keep you healthy:
- Jubilee Fitness and Nutrition is an OPEN AIR facility. This means that air moves freely in and out of our well-ventilated space, greatly diminishing any possibility of concentration of the virus in the air you breathe.
- Everything we do at Jubilee Fitness and Nutrition is COACHED. This allows greater control of:
- How many people are in the facility at a single time, ensuring safe distancing (our floor is taped off in sections measuring 10′ x 20′). Classes are scheduled with a minimum of 15 minutes between sessions to allow one class to exit prior to the next class coming in.
- Equipment use and clean up. There is no shared equipment during sessions at Jubilee. Each member has his/her own equipment to use for the duration of the workout, and all equipment is cleaned with hospital-grade disinfectant prior to being put away.
- Cleaning of the floor between sessions. The floor is disinfected with hospital-grade disinfectant between each session.
- All members respond to a COVID-19 Questionnaire prior to attending a daily session. Our members are socially aware and responsible. They answer our questionnaire daily and kindly stay away if they aren’t feeling well, or if they have been exposed to someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 (or is symptomatic).
- Abundant hand soap and sanitizer. We have a large sink in the gym that is easily accessible, and it remains stocked with plenty of hand soap and towels so that members can wash their hands as they enter the facility and prior to exiting.
So why should you go to the gym anyway? I mean, you CAN workout at home to obtain the benefits of working out while guaranteeing your safety from exposure to COVID-19.
That is a true statement…but, how’s that working for you?
If you are disciplined enough to maintain a home workout regimen AND are seeing the results you want and need to maintain a healthy, strong body, then YES, working out at home may be the best option for you!
If you’re like most of us, though, working out at home simply doesn’t work. There are too many distractions, we don’t know what we are doing, and it’s REALLY hard to stay motivated.
Going to (the right kind of) gym provides structure and accountability. Coaches guide you with workouts that safely help you build a strong body. Other members know your name and start messaging you if they don’t see you in a few days. With this kind of support, you establish a consistent workout routine that leaves you feeling great and wishing for more!
And, of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t touch on how consistent exercise benefits you in regards to COVID-19.
- The right kind of exercise program can provide relief from chronic stress (think regular life) as well as acute stress (a specific stressful situation, like dealing with the changes brought about by COVID-19). This stress, if not relieved, can:
- Cause your immune system to not work as it should (so you won’t be able to fight off COVID-19 as well as you would otherwise),
- Puts you at higher risk for chronic diseases (which put you at much higher risk for severe COVID-19 upon exposure),
- And can even cause viruses that are inactive in your body to activate, wreaking further havoc on your body and its immune system (like Chicken Pox to Shingles).
“Chronic stress lasting from days to years, like acute stress, is associated with higher levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines, but with potentially different health consequences . Inflammation is a necessary short-term response for eliminating pathogens and initiating healing, but chronic, systemic inflammation represents dysregulation of the immune system and increases risk for chronic diseases, including atherosclerosis and frailty . Another consequence of chronic stress is activation of latent viruses. Latent virus activation can reflect the loss of immunological control over the virus, and frequent activation can cause wear-and-tear on the immune system .”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241367/
- Lack of exercise is a major cause of chronic diseases. And again, chronic disease is a major risk factor for severe COVID-19 disease.
“In summary, the body rapidly maladapts to insufficient physical activity, and if continued, results in substantial decreases in both total and quality years of life. Taken together, conclusive evidence exists that physical inactivity is one important cause of most chronic diseases. In addition, physical activity primarily prevents, or delays, chronic diseases, implying that chronic disease need not be an inevitable outcome during life.”https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4241367/
In short, regular exercise helps keep you HEALTHY, which is critical when you become exposed to diseases such as COVID-19. If you need help implementing a regular exercise routine, we are here to help you do so in a safe manner!
Schedule your personal Help Session today, and we’ll help you build a body you’ll feel great in!