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Keep working out and doing physical exercise while in isolation; fitness experts

Last Updated Mar 18, 2020 at 10:06 pm PDT

Summary

Due to mass closures of gyms, some trainers are going digital and offering workout programs online

Health experts suggest to keep up some form of physical activity during social isolation

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic deepens, you may have been told not to come into the office.

Restaurants are moving to take out only and movie theaters have closed along with rec centers and gyms.

It’s becoming more likely you’re here on the couch snacking in front of your favorite show, and browsing vacations that nobody can actually go on.

And that may mean any fitness goals that you thought you might have once had, are up in smoke.

Adam Canales is with Ad Iron Fitness, and says despite being told to work from home, you should still do what you can to stay active.

“They will have to start acting now, because we’re all getting pushed into a more sedentary life,” he says. “So the calories are gonna start to accumulate really fast.”

He’s now offering online personal training sessions to those who are cooped up at home, adding while it isn’t technology that’s the problem, but rather how to effectively work out from home without a home gym and to engage major muscle groups with access to limited equiptment.

Guy Faulkner is a professor at the School of Kinesiology at UBC, he says to keep active or else many lose muscle mass.

“Often we are in situations like the one that we’re currently in, we may lose interest in doing things because we may not be able to access them,” he says. “Then we are inactive and then that reinforces a sense of not being able to do the things that you enjoy.”

He suggests creating a workout space in the home, even putting on the clothes you to wear to exercise and agrees going virtual is helpful.