Group fitness classes have many amazing benefits, from the motivating atmosphere to the weekly commitment and routine. Many of us look forward to seeing our friends at our 9 am class on Tuesdays with our favourite instructor. It helps us stay active and social, get out of the house, and is a fun way to meet our weight loss goals. Although necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, it can be downright devastating that group classes have been cancelled. Fortunately, we’ve compiled a list of ways to stay healthy while group fitness sessions are still cancelled to maintain your mental and physical health and achieve your weight loss goals.

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During this time it is important to seek out other ways to maintain balance, including our mental and physical health. Gym goers, fitness enthusiasts, and those who wish to lose weight are being forced to find alternative ways to stay healthy and active during COVID-19. At Dreambody, we have you covered! One of the best ways to navigate group fitness closures and still get a great workout is to hire a trainer for one-on-one training. Our online personal training courses and weight loss programs are an affordable and effective way to stay fit, calm, and healthy during this trying time.

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Achieving Weight Loss, Health And Wellness During Covid Restrictions

While group fitness classes remain closed, here are a few ways to maintain your health and wellness and weight loss goals.

Hire a One-On-One Trainer

Hiring a trainer is a great way to keep the momentum going when group fitness is cancelled. Let’s face it, working out alone lacks the social aspect that so many of us love in a group fitness environment, and hiring a trainer to work with you can help fill this gap and keep you going so that you achieve your weight loss goals. In addition, this helps you to maintain the routine of a weekly workout session and getting out of the house that helps to keep a sense of normalcy and balance.

Take Advantage of The Outdoors

With indoor group fitness classes cancelled, a great alternative can be to organize outdoor events with friends, family or former group fitness class mates (social distanced!). Going for a walk in the park, a hike in the mountains, or a bike ride are all great options for staying active and still maintaining a social aspect to your weight loss and fitness goals. Being outside is a great way to get out of the house, clear your mind and get in some physical activity. Here are a few ideas for some fun and physical outdoor activities:

  • Download a new podcast for a long walk or bike ride
  • Frisbee/Disc Golf- Just Rent or buy a few discs and check out the free parks around here
  • Take your dog to a new dog park or off-leash area for some fetch or a long walk
  • Do some gardening- great for your yard and your waistline!
  • Jump rope- take it back to the schoolyard and buy a skipping rope (bonus- now they have ones that count your turns for you so you’ll never lose track again) 

Maintain a Balanced Diet

If you aren’t able to attend your regular group fitness classes, the importance of being careful with what you eat becomes even more important. Not only for caloric intake but when it comes to nutritional choices, avoiding alcohol and substance abuse and drinking enough water. To avoid over-snacking make sure you have a large supper, filled with nutritious food, to avoid feeling hungry closer to bedtime. it’s those late-night snacks that do the most damage to your weight loss goals so consider keeping a bedtime routine, going to bed on time and not oversleeping. We all need a late-night snack sometimes, so when you do snack, go for something easy to digest like fruits and vegetables and avoid the high-fat and high-sugar junk foods. Nutritious foods and enough sleep help us to get our required minerals and vitamins, regulate our blood sugar and hormones and keep weight gain and mood swings at bay.

Keep a Fitness Calendar 

Keeping a fitness calendar is a great way to visualize your progress and keep you conscious of your efforts and snacking tendencies. Color code the different fitness activities that you do, the different kinds of snacks and meals you consume and be certain to mark it all down on your calendar. At a glance, you’ll be able to see how well you’ve been sticking to your fitness plan, and how diligent you need to be with snacking so that you can achieve your weight loss goals.

Keep In Touch

One of the hardest parts of this pandemic is isolation and loneliness, especially for those who live alone. Group classes not only provide a great workout and weekly outing, but a social event to catch up with people you see at the same time every week for years. If you’re concerned about staying physically healthy or losing weight, mental health is a huge factor. When you feel good you eat good, make good choices and feel motivated. Remember we are alone, together and we  will get through this. Here are a few tips for staying well and keeping in touch despite group fitness class cancellations:

  • Get (Wifi) connected; join an online book or gardening club 
  • Join an online fitness class or community
  • Call family or friends to catch up
  • Find a penpal  (be wary of scams or giving away personal information)
  • Schedule a weekly virtual dinner date with a friend or family members
  • Have a social distanced visit from your front lawn or over the fence with neighbours


Persevering and Reaching Your Weight Loss and Fitness Goals

Hiring a trainer, heading outdoors, staying in touch, making healthy food and substance choices, and keeping a fitness calendar are four ways that you can keep your weight loss goals achievable when group fitness is cancelled. Call us today to book some time with a trainer or see what other recommendations we have to help you achieve your weight loss goals.

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Can I afford a trainer?

It really depends on your situation but calling us to see what programs we have that will fit your budget is the first step.

It’s too hard to stop snacking, how can I prevent myself from eating before bed?

The easiest way to keep from late-night snacking is to have a full healthy meal at supper time and go to bed earlier. Sometimes we are entitled to a little bit of cheating on snacks, especially when we are working very hard to achieve our goals, but if you find you're snacking out of boredom prepare a few low -cal, high-density volume foods ahead of time to fill you up and keep you from bingeing on high-calorie convenience food options.

Does a fitness calendar really help?

Yes. By putting your workouts, snacks, and healthy eating onto a calendar with colour codes, you can more easily visualize how well (or poorly) you are doing and this can help steer you towards achieving your weight loss goals.


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