Here we are smack dab in the middle of a world pandemic due to Covid-19, and I am not at the gym. I’m not teaching my classes. I am not training clients or giving orientations at the gym. I am not meeting with nutrition clients. And I am no longer running with my race buddy. So what have I been doing while the entire world practices social distancing and isolation?
I have been running and walking a lot. A LOT! Isolation is not good for my mental health. I’m very much an extrovert- and a social butterfly – and being left alone to my own devices can sometimes be detrimental to my health. So I’m taking advantage of the outdoors as much as possible. I’m also taking advantage of social media communication outlets for video chatting (and telephone chatting) as much as possible.
I’m still working out. Lord knows I miss the gym and my classes and my fit-fam, and I miss the weights, but I am still working out consistently. In addition to running and walking, I am still strength training (although my home weights are not nearly as heavy as I require. But I’m still lifting and that matters.
I’m hosting online boot camp and personal training sessions. And honestly, I LOVE IT!| I have had remote clients in the past, but right now, since this is really all I can do, I am remote training several times a week. I’ve been using Facebook Video and Zoom; both are great platforms.
I have also been taking advantage of some other equipment for my workouts – and have taken my training outside. It’s finally SPRING in Nova Scotia (although, it IS Nova Scotia so I’m sure we’ll see more snow) and when the sun is shining, so am I. Today, after my run, I got creative with a HIIT workout and utilized my weighted jump rope, TRX System, and my slam ball. I had a blast.
In addition to maintaining my own fitness regime, I’m keeping up in the social media community. I’m staying accountable, encouraging others to do the same, and promoting my fitness business. Many of us in the industry took a hard hit (literally, my new boot camp session was just starting when we were instructed to isolate and that gyms would be closing), and since we are not certain how long this will last, it’s important to stay an active presence in the fitness world.
I’m also one hundred percent about supporting others in the fitness community, and I think that it is important, as well, to like and cheer and promote others. I don’t want to see anyone fail. We are in this together.