Make Gyms and Fitness Facilities Essential

Make Gyms and Fitness Facilities Essential

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Carly Morrison started this petition to Province of Ontario

The impacts of taking our outdoor and indoor fitness facilities away for the third time is doing nothing but harm to the population of Ontario. We saw the negative impacts it had on our physical health, mental health and emotional well-being the first and second time. We cannot do this a third time.  

At this point, it does not come down to the healthy and “fit” population. It comes down to the individuals who solely rely on their fitness facility for their overall well being and health.  

Myself, and many others in the fitness industry, can see the benefits that Ontario’s fitness facilities bring. Not only does it help the mental health and well being of everyone that is using these facilities, but there are other individuals with certain circumstances who are more heavily affected by these closures than we might be. There are residents of Ontario that rely on their fitness facility to manage their mental health. Not only do they use it to manage it, they use it to improve it and mend it. There are individuals that have injuries and disabilities that use fitness facilities because there is no other place, or resource for them to use to get their physical exercise and stress relief. These individuals need the specific equipment, trainers and services that we offer to assist them for their health. They do not necessarily have these resources elsewhere and by closing down all indoor and outdoor facilities, you are taking away their resources that help maintain their health. Also, several residents of Ontario are working in high stress jobs, and likely have increased stress due to the circumstances of COVID19. These people use the indoor and outdoor fitness facilities as a stress relief so that their mental health and emotional well-being are not compromised. Without these resources they cannot necessarily arrive to their high-stress job feeling their best to perform their best.  

I think it is clear who is seeing the direct impacts of these closures first, and this needs to change.  

Working at a gym during these times I can advocate for the procedures that are being put in place to ensure safety for everyone that steps inside. We are constantly monitoring the proper wearing of masks. Members’ exit and entry into the facility are always monitored. We are cleaning each piece of equipment before and after use, along with extra cleaning measures implemented by staff. We are monitoring that 6 feet of distance are kept at all times within the club. This is not a social gathering. People come in to do their workout, follow the rules and leave feeling exceptionally better with the feeling that they can manage a stressful and high-anxiety time that COVID19 brings us. 

The health benefits of exercise can also be supported by evidence-based science that exemplify the importance of physical exercise. I will continue to post these science journal articles that prove the facts from a science-based perspective.  

For now, we have to use our voices and show the Province of Ontario that we cannot do this again. It goes directly down to our health. Province of Ontario, you can do better.  

Please sign and share and spread the word. We can make a change if we work together. 

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