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B.C. facilities offering low-intensity group indoor exercises

Citynews 1130 Vancouver

Last Updated Dec 20, 2020 at 1:47 pm PST

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If you're itching to hit the gym, more options are now available to you

More facilities are offering low-intensity indoor group exercise after the province lifts some COVID-19 restrictions

CEO of Fitness World says exercise during times like this is important

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Yoga, pilates, tai-chi and other low impact indoor classes are starting back up again in B.C. as the province lifts restrictions.

Early last week, a revision to the provincial health orders says low-intensity group indoor exercise is now permitted, but gyms must have updated COVID safety plans in place.

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Chris Smith, CEO of Fitness World, says in light of the order, he is navigating his business more cautiously.

“I think a lot of folks were disappointed when the restriction were put in place, but certainly everyone is cognizant and understanding of why.”

Smith adds, they’ve heightened safety measures, including promoting physical distancing but at the same time making sure “people can get that social camaraderie and community and what it is they’re looking for.” The gym will also be promoting mask-wearing and enhance cleaning measures.

Low impact classes begin again on Monday and Smith says gym members are excited.

“I think what we’ve all learned is [COVID] is an ongoing situation and it’s an evolving situation. So we continue to evolve our business practices to make sure that we’re always within or ahead the provincial guidelines when it comes to the safety of our members and in the community.”

While everyone in the province might not be comfortable heading to the gym right now, Smith recommends you find other ways to get some exercise.

“There’s just so many people that do fitness for so many reasons other than vanity — in terms of mental health and their own health and wellness and just what they need to deal with in time such as these.”

Indoor groups with high-intensity exercises are still not permitted in B.C. at these times.


Read the guidelines for group low-Intensity exercise here: