The sad news for fitness buffs is that many gyms remain closed amid the still raging pandemic.
Nonetheless, there are efforts to modify existing health and safety protocols.
Philippine Fitness Alliance, a group composed of the largest gyms in the country, came forward to explain how exercise and fitness are essential to help fight a global health outbreak.
Anytime Fitness COO Ryan Cheal said an individual’s overall wellbeing is a given yet often overlooked benefit of exercise.
“Exercise strengthens the heart (and) the muscles, and improves flexibility and thus protects you from potential illnesses and diseases,” he pointed out.
Evolution Wellness country manager Mark Ellis cited research from Glasgow Caledonian University that showed active people have a 50-percent higher chance to have antibodies after receiving anti-Covid-19 vaccines.
The main reason that gyms can’t open yet is the fear that these will cause the spread of the virus. But this fear has been countered with statistics that show that strict adherence to health and safety protocols make gyms safe for their users. Gold’s Gym CEO Mylene Mendoza-Dayrit said that during the pandemic, only 40 percent of their fitness centers resumed operations and yet 120,000 check-ins were made.
“With our safety precautions and the individual’s mindfulness, gyms can be a safe venue for normal life to proceed,” she pointed out.
Desiree May of Slimmers World explained that fitness centers under the Alliance complies with pandemic protocols through top-of-the-line systems. For instance, their gyms have a tracking system to monitor their members’ health status.
Evolution Wellness Philippines also imposed strict rules in their fitness clubs, including frequency of disinfection, mask-wearing and other procedures including exercising with social distancing.
“With risk mitigation and cleaning protocols in place, fitness facilities are safe for members, the community and staff alike,” Cheal said.
The Philippine Fitness Alliance added that the reopening of gyms will most certainly benefit displaced gym staff.