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Maintaining your health and fitness during COVID-19

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 10:37 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) -Each year, many people make New Year’s resolutions. One of the most common resolutions involves working out regularly. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, gym foot-traffic and memberships have slowed down, but gym owners are hopeful more people will be more mindful of their health and fitness in 2021.

“Gyms are not a problem with any kind of virus. Gym people are people trying to get healthy,” said General Manager of Anytime Fitness Allen Parr.

Regularly attending the gym and working out produces great health benefits such as boosting immune systems.

“Your health should be your number one priority because once you lose that it is very difficult and makes life harder,” said Co-owner of Fire House Gym Bunny Hinde.

Some people do not complete or follow through with their New Year’s resolutions for numerous reasons. With COVID-19, some gym-goers have decreased or ceased their trips, but gym owners explained that working out is more vital now than before.

“People will add a “but” into anything when it comes to why they will or will not work out,” said Owner of Nebraska Athletic Club Tommy V. “It is not just having a New Year’s Resolution. It’s about changing your attitude and motivation.”

As more people commit to living healthier lives in the New Year, it is important to remember that fitness is more than just a daily task. It is a lifestyle.

“If you do achieve your goals, you also have maintenance you have to work on,” said Tommy V. “That is why making a lifestyle is a priority and changing your thinking and attitude about fitness.”