Maintaining Your Health During Tough Times

When times are tough, one of the first things people will sacrifice is their health but that’s the last thing you should do, especially during a global health crisis. 

Looking and feeling your best will give you the energy and strength to overcome any obstacles you may experience

It will be the glue to keep you together during difficult times.

It will help you to manage stress and cause you to be more productive.

It will assure you that there is one thing that you can control in today’s world.

What our country and world are going through will one day pass and you don’t want to have to start all over again when it does. There is light at the end of this tunnel and you should exit feeling great and ready to thrive.

The message is that is exercise is essential. Fitness is not an option so get your workout in.

Here are some ideas to help keep your health a priority during tough times:


These types of programs evoke a relaxation response that many are in desperate need of. If you’re feeling weighed down by the stress of it all, enroll in one of these types of classes or check out many free on demand options. You can also access apps such as ‘Calm’ or ‘Headspace” to provide meditation moments. At the very least, just take a moment to be still and take 3 slow, deep breaths.

Choreographed Classes

Take a Zumba, Jazzercize dance class or any type of choreographed class. You’ll be forced to concentrate on the movements and it will take your mind off anything that is troubling you, even if just for a little while.


If you’re feeling anxious or frustrated, there’s nothing like punching a boxing bag or pads to help ease those feelings.

Join a Gym or Training Studio

The camaraderie of being around other positive, strong, determined people rubs off. You always leave feeling like a million bucks. No one ever leaves the health club saying “I wish I would have never came and worked out today!” If you want to be amazing, surround yourself with amazing people.

Go for a Run/Walk/Hike

There’s nothing like the post-workout high. Appreciate the beautiful scenery and the fresh air. It makes you feel happy to be alive and help put things into perspective.

Exercise is critical at this time in our world – even a short workout counts! You will feel SO much better when you’re done – guaranteed! Take 30 minutes and make it count.

Yours in Health & Fitness,
Sherri McMillan

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 33 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, the founder of WHY Racing Events & WHY Community, participates in various community fundraisers and can be found running, biking, or hiking around the community. Find more information at

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