TruFit’s health clubs have been slowly reopening over the past couple weeks, and have made a commitment to putting the health and safety of our members at the forefront of everything we do so we can all hit the gym as quickly as possible. New regulations have been put in place such as reduced class sizes, social distancing throughout the fitness floor, and increased cleaning and sanitization of equipment. As we adjust to the new normal of life, heading to the gym for a workout is great both mentally and physically for members. Continue reading for 5 reasons hitting your local TruFit club is important to your overall health and wellbeing right now.
Strengthen Your Immune System
We all want to protect ourselves from the coronavirus, and having a healthy immune system is one of our best defenses against it. Luckily, one of the benefits of exercise is that it can actually boost your immune system. Exercising can help reduce stress levels, flush bacteria from the lungs, and even help your body better handle pathogens. A common misconception is that too much exercise can weaken your immune system, but research has found this theory to be highly unsupported. Working a moderate amount of exercise into your routine can be very effective, and hitting the gym can help you build a healthy routine out of it.
Easing Depression and Anxiety
The spread of COVID-19 has brought with it a disruption of everyday life, financial troubles, and even isolation from friends and family. All of these factors have left many feeling uncertain about the future and highly stressed as a result, leading to mental health concerns like anxiety and depression. That’s where exercise comes in. Research shows that regular exercise can reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, and help these feelings from returning. This is because physical activity reduces immune system chemicals that can make depression worse, and releases a number of feel-good chemicals in the brain. Strengthening your mental health is another great reason to hit the gym.
Building a Routine
During quarantine, many people’s routines have been thrown out the window. The days can seem to run together without some kind of routine in place, and you may have found yourself unsure of what day of the week it even is. Having a set workout routine can help you keep track of the time. Find some days and times of the week to go to the gym and stick to a schedule. Whether it’s every day or a few times a week, it can help bring some structure back into your life.
Achieve Better Sleep
The added stress of quarantine can make getting a restful night’s sleep a challenge, but exercise can help you get some well-deserved rest. Not only has exercise been proven to help you fall asleep faster, it improves the quality of your rest. Moderate exercise tends to be the best for better sleep that allows the body to heal. Moderate exercise raises your body’s temperature for a few hours, and once your core begins to cool and tells your body it’s time to start shifting into sleep mode. That being said, try to avoid working out too late in the evening because this can actually keep you awake. Instead, try to hit the gym earlier in the day, particularly the late afternoon for the best sleep benefits.
Enhancing Overall Mood
Have you ever left the gym and felt like you were on top of the world after your workout? Well, there’s some science behind it. Exercising releases a variety of hormones known to immediately lift overall mood, such as serotonin, and endorphins. Remember how we mentioned the benefits that exercise has for getting better sleep? A better sleep routine can significantly impact your mood as well. Whether it’s weight training, cardio, or any other type of physical activity; keeping active during this time is a great tool for lifting your overall mood.
At TruFit, we’re taking every step possible to give our members a safe place to get a workout. Heading to the gym right now for a healthy dose of physical activity is one of the best ways to look after both your mental and physical health. Times are difficult right now, but TruFit is here to help you stay healthy and fit.