Renew or not renew your gym membership after Covid-19? The fitness industry is wrestling on how to safely service its members and remain profitable. Until there’s a vaccine it’s possible that people will not return to the gyms anytime soon. The reality is no one knows how or when this pandemic will end. Fortunately, taking control of our health and fitness is still in our control. This is the time to invest in an in-home gym with a few pieces of equipment.
I started the Keep It Fit Inc., Youtube channel, with a set of weights, a fitball, in a corner of a room. Like you, Covid, took me by surprise. I lived in the gym! Never, did I anticipate not having access to my second home. Now, through adapting and reimagining my fitness program, I was able to pivot and invite others to join me on Youtube.
This quarantine has opened opportunities to explore different methods to accomplishing our goals. Use this time to create an in-home gym and try different activities while you have the freedom to experiment.
I received a legal notice from a prominent fitness organization that filed Chapter 11- Bankruptcy. Its opening statement: “I am writing to share a quick update with you about our financial restructuring, which will allow us to make our company stronger and improve our fitness offerings to best serve our members.”
As I read the statement, I made it personal and highlighted words that leaped off the page. The Great I AM, is writing to share a quick update about your financialrestructuring, it will make you stronger and improve your offeringsto best serve your community, family, ministry and society.
The pandemic has disrupted our lives as we struggle to define our new normal. Fortunately, we’ve been given time to restructure priorities, plans and purposes for a better future.
In this Covid-19 era, creating and adhering to a self-care plan has become critical for overall health. A self-care plan are specific activities you will do to improve your physical, spiritual, emotional and mental health.
The right self–care plan can reduce stress, anxiety, improve moods and keep you healthy for the long term. Identify activities that support your well-being and create a customized self–care plan that will work specifically for you.
Examples of self-care activities:
Physical – Exercise & Healthy Diet
Spiritual – Prayer & Meditation
Emotional – Take deep breaths (Pause) before expressing your feelings
Mental- Positive Affirmations
Self–care encourages a healthy relationship with yourself which transmits good feelings towards others. You can’t give to others what you don’t have yourself.
Proper shoes are important for optimal performance during exercise. Improper footwear can result in injury, instability, foot pain, backaches and other issues. There’s no universal shoe to accommodate all physical activities.
Running shoes are designed to support forward movement and to cushion the impact of striking the pavement with every stride.
Cross-Trainers are designed to support lateral movement. They’re often used in the gym or for walking . If you participate in different sports it would be wise to purchase shoes specific for that activity.
Your shoes should be comfortable, provide support and aid you during a workout. If you’re experiencing pain or not performing well, sometimes– it’s all about the shoes!
Typically, I write about keeping the body fit through exercise and nutrition. In light of recent events, I thought it best to write about the mind and spirit. We’ve been bombarded with the disturbing images of the deaths of George Floyd, Armaud Arbery and the list of others who were killed at the hands of police or a modern day lynch mob.
These images have left an indelible mark on the minds of many in the United States and the world. The raw emotions, outrage, and outcries are exhausting and justified. However, in the midst of protesting and fighting for change, self-care becomes a necessity.
Giving ourselves a break from the 24 hour new cycles, yet, remaining aware is necessary. Do something that creates positive memories and pleasure for our minds and senses. Read, write, paint, sing, draw or dance. Allow the mind to recuperate, relax and renew itself.
Make time to nourish, energize and strengthen our spirits. Pray, worship, meditate, listen to inspirational music, cry, laugh, scream, breathe, get centered, focused and connected. There’s much work to be done and Total Wellness of the Mind, Body, and Spirit are needed for the journey.
Free community COVID-19 testing provided by Project Unity, Catalyst Health Network, and Clinical Pathology Laboratories in partnership with Hamilton Park UMC, Disciple Central Community Church (DC3), Friendship West, and St. Luke UMC.
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. each site
June 10 – Disciple Central Community Church (DC3), 901 N. Polk Street, St. 101 Desoto, TX 75115 June 11 – Friendship West, 616 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, TX 75224 June 12 – St. Luke UMC, 5710 E R L Thorton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75223
June 16 – Hamilton Park UMC, 11881 Schroeder Rd, Dallas, TX 75243 June 17 – Disciple Central Community Church (DC3), 901 N. Polk Street, St. 101 Desoto, TX 75115 June 18 – Friendship West, 616 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, TX 75224 June 19 – St. Luke UMC, 5710 E R L Thorton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75223
June 23 – Hamilton Park UMC, 11881 Schroeder Rd, Dallas, TX 75243 June 24 – Disciple Central Community Church (DC3), 901 N. Polk Street, St. 101 Desoto, TX 75115 June 25 – Friendship West, 616 W. Kiest Blvd., Dallas, TX 75224 June 26 – St. Luke UMC, 5710 E R L Thorton Fwy, Dallas, TX 75223
Testing is free. Individuals may be tested whether they present symptoms or are asymptomatic. COVID-19 & Antibodies tests are available. Participants are asked to wear masks and practice social distancing. Bring insurance card, or have/know your SSN. Testing age 13 and older.
Are you determined to emerge from the quarantine in better health than when you enter into it? I hope your answer is–Yes! Studies have shown that it takes 28 days to establish new habits or behaviors. We’ve been in quarantine for 2-3 months. What changes have you implemented to improve your health?
1. Are you exercising, eating healthier foods and drinking more water?
2. Are you stimulating your mind with reading, writing and creativity?
3. Are you strengthening your spirit through prayer and meditation?
The quarantine has given us an opportunity to improve ourselves in the midst of a pandemic. As the country re-opens remember to stay on course.
Remaining physically active is more important than ever before. As we get older we have to change our approach to exercise and be realistic about what we can do. Gone are the days of high impact exercises and sprinting across a field. We’re no longer competing against others. Instead, we’re competing against time. Now, it’s about working smarter, protecting our joints, preventing injuries, and being healthy, for as long as possible.