Well, one thing is for sure, 2020 has been full of ‘surprises’. When we fundraised for the bushfires in January, we had no idea by March we would be faced by a global pandemic that would challenge so many of aspects of our day to day lives. You may have questioned whether being in the gym is safe, so more than ever I want to reassure you – we have your back.
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While we’re certainly not panicking, it is absolutely a time to take action and do all we can to get on the front foot. There is no way I’m going to wait for the first case to hit the gym, we’re doing all we can right now to keep it out altogether.
Something that keeps popping up with members, aside from “where’s the hand sanitiser at?”, is the worry we feel about what is to come and the uncertainty around it.
Aside from sanitation and staying physically healthy, the next best thing we can do right now is to look after each other, our loved ones and ourselves. Here are some of the ways I believe we can do this and I hope some of these thoughts provide you with a sense of calm and capability.
How to create calm when everything feels crazy
- Be mindful of what you consume on social media. There’s a lot of fear mongering going on and it’s really not helping anyone. Stick to the facts from the authorities and the experts, and limit your exposure. And for the love of god, don’t share anything that makes you feel worse because it sure won’t make anyone else feel better!
- Set positive intentions for the day and spread good vibes wherever you can. Spread love not fear (or corona)
- Be patient and compassionate with others, not everyone copes well when faced with adversity so if someone is panicking, don’t buy into it but also don’t give them a hard time. Again, share your good vibes and see if you can turn their fear around
- Stick to the plan (#STTP). It might feel like a time where our favourite food and drinks will help, but I assure you the answers are not at the bottom of a wine bottle. Good food, plenty of water, sleep and exercise will keep you feeling on top of things. STTP now more than ever
- When we can’t hug our BBR fam (Anissa, sending love), zone in on your immediate family and go hug crazy. We all need to keep up this basic human need for affection so, within your home, we are ordering extra hugs
- This is a chance for us all to question what our priorities are. When things are restricted, such as events and holidays cancelled, less going out, working from home and the potential of self-quarantine or isolation, there will be extra time for us to consider what matters most. Time with your family, good health, movement, time in nature… make a priority list of what matters most to you and commit to making them a part of every day
- Meditate, meditate, meditate. With all of the uncertainty, multiple opinions flying at us and the brain pain that leads to – give the ole grey matter a break and spend some time in a quiet place with your preferred meditation practice.
A reminder of what we are doing and what we recommend;
- We have asked all members to follow the advice of the Department of Health and self-quarantine if you have returned from any international travel for 14 days or been in contact with anyone who has a confirmed case of COVID-19
- If you’re unwell and displaying any cold/flu symptoms, please stay at home
- We are sanitising like mofos, wiping down the gym after every class, hand sanitiser blasts for everyone before and after class and leaving no droplet of sweat unwiped
- No towel, no workout – this should be a given considering how much we make you sweat but in times like these, a firmer line will be taken
- Just bought the best-in-the-business gloves ‘Rhino’s disposable gloves’ (yep, you couldn’t make this stuff up) #rhinodoesitbest
- Things will change quickly and we’ll be in constant communication as they do, but for this week, training will carry on as per the timetable
- Keep coming to the gym, your fitness and strength is more important than ever.
We are taking on board everyone’s concern and advice, but at the end of the day, I’ll make the final call based on what I believe is for the best of the gym and its members. In future weeks, we’re planning outdoor sessions where we’ll all be spaced out as per advice, limited numbers in classes, more classes so everyone can still attend and if it comes to it, online classes and gym equipment discounts for those wanting to play along at home.
If you need me, give me a shout.