The body is dynamic and is always changing to meet the needs imposed upon it. In the current climate of emerging from the COVID 19 pandemic where most people stayed at home, abandoned their normal routines and in many cases are still uncomfortable returning to a big gym environment.
Today’s lifestyles, pandemic aside, are not conducive to the promotion of physical fitness, let alone maintaining it. In the not so distant past, humans walked, ran, had gardens, did dishes, climbed hills and trees. They used their bodies and muscles in a variety of ways all day long.
Studies have shown that even healthy subjects in their 20's can lose over 3 pounds of muscle mass in a single week of bedrest. You can lose over 2% of your total muscle mass in the first two weeks of bedrest. And by day 23, you can have lost up to 10% of your quadriceps’ muscle mass. Having extra muscle mass, especially as you age, is not only paramount to how well you move and function, it is crucial to improving your chances of survival anytime you are sick or hospitalized for any condition.
If you do or you don't move your body, the body adapts. Your body is always in training. Is it training for bedrest or to be functional depends on a persons day-to day life. Here’s some good news; improving health is not a big time investment. Short bursts of intense exercise can deliver many of the health and fitness benefits you get from doing hours of conventional cardiovascular training. This is also true for strength training or weight lifting.
Your body may gain more strength and muscle mass by doing high intensity or super slow weight training than you would receive from conventional weight lifting. Since high intensity strength training using equipment like the ARX machine (used at Next Age Fitness) works more of your muscle than conventional training; you spend less time getting greater benefits.
With just 20 minutes a week, you can perform a high intensity weight training session, helping you get fit in a fraction of the time it used to take. How active have you been in the last year? Are you more or less active? Are you ready to get back into strength training. Give Next Age Fitness a try. We provide a safe, one-on-one environment to help improve strength in just 20 minutes a week. The Demo is free.
Remember, the body is always adapting to your day-to-day lifestyle. To prepare your body for unexpected physical situations, train it with movement, activities and some sort of strength training (push-ups and squats can be done anywhere).
In this year of COVID-19, we’ve become more concerned than ever about the quality of the air we’re breathing. According to the EPA, the level of pollutants in the air is significantly higher inside than it is outdoors. That’s why many people are more comfortable being around others and exercising outside, because better air circulation and fewer pollutants make it less likely that we’ll come into contact with airborne contagions.
Since we reopened in April after the initial COVID-19 lockdown, Next Age Fitness has been rigorously following CDC recommendations on masks, cleaning and sanitizing our studio and equipment, and washing hands or using hand sanitizer. As flu season approached, we began looking at additional steps we could take to make our studio environment even safer — for ourselves and for our clients.
Our machines can’t go outside, so we brought outdoor air quality inside
Flu season in Georgia begins in October and can extend into May. In cooler months, people spend more time inside with the windows and doors closed. Unfortunately, these are the exact conditions that make it easier for infections to spread. As we weighed the additional risk of flu transmission to our ongoing concerns about COVID-19, we committed to expanding our existing health precautions to also address the quality of the air inside our studio. Afterall, Next Age Fitness exists to support our clients’ in achieving and maintaining their optimal health.
We gave our studio atmosphere a flu shot
After a lot of research, we installed a Reme Halo air purification system. Rather than opting for a portable room solution, the Reme Halo is actually integrated into our HVAC system. That means every cubic inch of air in the Next Age Fitness studio is continuously being purified. The process works much like nature, using ionized hydro-peroxide to refresh the air by restoring negative ions. This technology has been around for 20 years and has proven effective in killing Swine Flu, Avian Flu, and SARS (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) viruses.
We’re here for your health
At Next Age Fitness, we’re going above and beyond to ensure that our studio is as safe as it can possibly be. We’re here to support your health and encourage you to take these steps recommended by the CDC to protect yourself this flu season:
We also encourage you to maintain a great immune system by eating nutritional dense food, keeping hydrated and getting plenty of sleep. And of course, maintain an active lifestyle full of movement and resistance training such as push-ups and squats (and/or Next Age Fitness' 20 minute workout - free demo).
Here’s to a strong, safe, and healthy flu season!
Next Age Fitness is re-opening on Friday, April 24th and will be conducting scheduled workouts. Established clients can book 20 minute appointments online. Demonstrations are free and also can be scheduled online (allow 30 minutes) anytime after May 10th.
We will continue with the COVID-19 protocol established in mid- March to do our part in slowing the spread. Staff will be wearing masks and sanitizing frequently touched surfaces before each workout. Here's what we need you to consider:
During the appointment:
· 6 foot distancing
· Only one coach and one client in the workout room at a time.
We will discuss your options on how coaching will occur. With a strict 6 feet distancing, you will be setting up the machine and computer while the coach gives instructions 6 feet away. Your coach will do as much as possible before sanitizing everything but then they will not touch it again. The first time will likely take longer so please be patient and give a little extra time. Some routines may need to be altered
If you are feeling well and do not personally have or live with someone who has underlying medical conditions, you are welcome. We look forward to serving you.
No hands entry to your workout!
Though Next Age Fitness was able to abide by the rules of social distancing, Dekalb County made an executive order for non-essential business to close until further notice.
Effective March 28 at 9pm, Next Age Fitness has temporarily closed until further notice. It is our plan to open as soon as the order is lifted and will continue to wash hands frequently, sanitize before each workout and practice social distancing while giving full body workouts to clients in a 20 minute appointment.
We encourage everyone to stay active (how many steps can you do?) and stay strong (how many push-ups can you do?).
Keeping your healthy New Year’s Resolutions
It’s the new year, and you’re after the new you. Whether it’s a slimmer, stronger, or simply healthier you, building the positive habits to achieve your goals takes work. So how do you convince yourself to keep going and not fall back on old habits and behaviors?
Here are 10 tips to help you get started and keep on track: