All ACE Certified Professionals know the value of regular exercise, but this may be a great time to remind your clients, as many people are finding themselves living more sedentary lifestyles and performing less physical activity than usual. Regular exercise is essential for preventing weight gain, supporting healthy immune function, improving mood and maintaining overall physical and mental health.
Unfortunately, people all over the world are living under some kind of restriction on their lifestyles and are often limited to leaving the house only for absolute essentials. As of this writing, more than 90% of Americans are under stay-at-home orders. Gyms and parks are closed across the country. Even access to trailheads and state and national parks have been blocked.
Meanwhile, the internet is full of videos of suburbanites holding group-exercise sessions with each participant at the foot of their driveway or spaced apart in a cul-de-sac, and city-dwellers exercising on their balconies under the leadership of an exercise professional positioned on a nearby rooftop. As uplifting and inspiring as those videos may be, they probably don’t represent a long-term daily exercise solution for most people who will be house bound for the foreseeable future.
So, how can you and your clients remain active when most outdoor exercise is off-limits and fitness facilities are closed? This is a time for creativity and adaptability when it comes to exercise programming.