Sherri McMillan

Are You Ready For Your Gym To Reopen?

As Clark County gets close to transitioning to Phase 2, many smaller, boutique-styles fitness and training facilities are preparing to reopen. Larger fitness facilities will be allowed to open when we transition into Phase 3.

Exercise enthusiasts are now faced with a decision. Some are more than ready for their favorite gym to open, while others might not be ready for weeks, months or perhaps, not until next year.


First, it’s important to note that exercise strengthens your immune system and those who are healthy and fit, typically experience less illness. So regular workouts should definitely be part of your weekly schedule and your overall health plan.

With that said, there are some things that you should consider to minimize your risk:

Not ready yet!

If working out in a public setting makes you nervous, workout from home or outdoors. There are plenty of virtual workout options that you can participate in at home. If you have a session scheduled with your trainer, ask them if they will conduct your session by phone, Skype or Facebook Live. Working outdoors is a great way to boost your vitamin D while getting some fresh air and most trainers would accommodate that also.

Ask questions about cleaning procedures:

Ask your gym about their cleaning routine and which products they are using to disinfect equipment and surfaces. Assure there is plenty of disinfectant available so that you and your fellow members can wipe down any equipment after usage.

Take responsibility to keep your hands clean:

Assure there is hand sanitizer available and if not, bring your own to use when you can’t easily wash your hands. Wash your hands using hot, soapy water for 20 seconds when you arrive at the gym, after using the bathroom, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing and just before you leave the gym.

Keep your distance:  

Maintain 6 feet distance and avoid the usual high fives and fist bumps with your fellow exercise enthusiasts and trainers. Instead use verbal recognition until human contact is acceptable. Consider wearing a mask to minimize exposure and try to avoid hanging out. Find out if your training studio/gym has an app so you can conduct all scheduling and point of sale online to minimize your exposure.

Don’t tough it out:

Stay home if you’re feeling sick to minimize infecting others. This is not a time to “suck it up”.

Understand Phase 2 Restrictions:

Phase 2 requires showers, saunas, steam rooms, water fountains, basketball courts, hot tubs, tanning rooms, childcare facilities and pools to remain closed so don’t expect to have access to these amenities. Phase 2 also requires you to bring your own towel and water bottle. Phase 2 restricts group classes to a maximum of 5 individuals so you will not be able to enjoy your normal fully-packed, high-energy fitness classes.


Strengthen Your Immune System:

Ultimately do whatever you can to keep your immune system strong so that if you are exposed to any virus or bacteria, your body is strong enough to fight it. Here’s some key tips:

  • Sleep is critical to maintaining the strength of your immune system
  • Hydration helps to assure your immune system is functioning well
  • Consume a high quantity of fruits and vegetables to maintain high levels of vitamins and minerals in your diet
  • Exercise also strengthens your immune system so continue with your workouts
  • Increase your intake of products that reduce inflammation and boost your immune system including turmeric, vitamin c, echinacea, apple cider vinegar, lemon, ginger, zinc, elderberry, and/or herbal teas
  • If you are feeling run down, lighten up your workout volume and intensity and increase your focus and efforts in the above areas.

Yours in health & fitness,
Sherri McMillan

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Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan

Sherri McMillan, holds a master's degree in exercise physiology and has been inspiring the world to adopt a fitness lifestyle for more than 30 years. She has received numerous industry awards including 2010 CanFitPro International Presenter of the Year, 2006 IDEA Fitness Director of the Year, 1998 IDEA Personal Trainer of the Year, 1998 CanFitPro Fitness Presenter of the Year and 2005/2006 ACE Fitness Educator of the Year - Runner up. She is a fitness trainer, fitness columnist for various magazines and newspapers, author of five books and manuals including "Go For Fit - the Winning Way to Fat Loss" and "Fit over Forty" and the featured presenter in various fitness DVDs. She has presented hundreds of workshops to thousands of fitness leaders throughout Canada, Australia, Mexico, Jamaica, New Zealand, Germany, England, Spain, South America, Asia and the U.S. She is the owner of Northwest Personal Training in downtown Vancouver and Salmon Creek, hosts races at WHY Racing Events, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at nwpersonaltraining.com.

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