Local trainers offer advice on how to stay active during gym closures

Things you can do to keep fit the next several weeks

Closures of countless fitness facilities have put a halt to people’s exercise schedules, but local trainers are saying it’s not an excuse to lay dormant.

We reached out to a couple of trainers in Barrie, asking for advice on how we can stay healthy and active in a time when gyms aren’t accessible.

Over at the YMCA of Simcoe Muskoka, Trainer Joel Seymour says now is a very important time to remain active. Not just for your physical well being, but for emotional, and mental health as well. “You can go crazy if you just sit there watching television.”

Diet and exercise are great for reducing stress, keeping our immune system strong and enhancing our moods, especially with the kids home for 3-weeks, says Marcy Ross, Owner of FIT Studio & Kickboxing Club in Barrie.

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“Getting in 30 to 60 minutes of moderate to brisk activity can help your immune system keep viruses at bay.”

“If you can, get out for some fresh air in environments that keep you removed from others by going for a brisk walk, a run, bike rides, or hiking. And don’t forget to include your furry 4-legged family members, they must stay healthy too.”

If you have to remain indoors, Seymour says you don’t need expensive equipment. Body weight exercises like lunges, push-ups, and jumping jacks are all good workouts.

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Ross says the more you can keep your routines healthy and as close to normal as possible, the easier it will be to maintain your health now and for when you return to your fitness centre.

Many gyms have been posting on-line tools and workouts for their members that can be done at home until they re-open.

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