Are you concerned about COVID-19 and going to the gym to workout? We get it. We are too, but that doesn’t mean your fitness goals go on hold. It means you have to be mindful and even more diligent with what you do each day. Here’s some recommendations for Louisville residents:
Do things that push you into the “fitness” category.
CrossFit has a great model for Sickness – Wellness – Fitness (see the continuum image below), but we believe the next phase after fitness is happiness. When you have fitness your body is better prepared for disasters of any form (common colds, accidents, seasonal flu, etc.). Plus you’re a fully functioning human and can choose to focus on whatever you want to do.
If you’re sick, the only thing you can focus on is getting well. Once you’re well, we want you to be better prepared for what life throws at you. To do that you need fitness. To push past wellness into the fitness category, consider the following:
- Eat Real Food (think things that grow from the ground, run on the ground!)
- Exercise Daily (include conditioning & strength ie CrossFit)
- Sleep 7-9 hours
- Hydrate with at least 80oz water
- Practice Daily Stress Relief for 5 – 10 mins
Practice standard precautions to prevent any contagious disease.
These seem like no-brainers, but they bear repeating, especially in the midst of bad seasonal influenzas or pandemics like Coronavirus COVID-19. Follow these guidelines (and check with your state department of health – in Kentucky that’s here):
- Wash Your Hands for at least 20 seconds with soap & water
- Cover your mouth when you cough
- Avoid sharing drinks / finger food
- Fist bumps or elbow taps vs high fives
- Wipe down equipment at the gym – before and after if you’re unsure the last person cleaned it
- Stay home if you’re feeling ill & monitor your temperature
At higher risk for complications? Do you care for with someone at higher risk?
If you’re living in the “sick” category mentioned above on the continuum, you’re at a higher risk for complications. Follow the CDC recommendations which includes avoiding large groups.
In our gym, we are taking all the same precautions we have been throughout flu season (and really all year round). That includes wiping down equipment after each use with sanitary wipes, encouraging hand washing, and cleaning surfaces and floors multiple times each week. We even have at home workouts members can do. We’re also planning remote coaching options.
We encourage you to focus on living a healthy life so that you will bounce back regardless of when unexpected illness hits. We want the best for you and everyone in our local Louisville community.
Stay safe and be well!