Help Clients Reduce Stress With Exercise

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People are very stressed out right now with the Coronovirus pandemic. People are worried about getting sick and/or infecting someone else. In addition, your fitness business is likely struggling to figure out how to offset the massive losses in revenues . You probably have employees wondering how they are going to pay the bills if they can’t go to work. It is definitely scary during these uncharted times.

But guess what – stress is not good for your immune system. It makes you more vulnerable, so let’s initiate some steps to manage everyone’s anxiety.

*These are great tips for you, your staff and your clients!*


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Everyone is freaking out. Let’s take a minute to just stop and breathe. Slow, deep breathing is one way to calm your body and mind. Do this before bed, when you wake up and anytime you are feeling overwhelmed.

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We often feel anxious when things are out of our control. Read the CDC guidelines for individuals and take appropriate precautions for you, your loved ones and the community. Wash your hands more, use hand sanitizer when you can’t wash and stay home as much as possible. Do all the things we can without completely crashing our economy which is also not good for anyone’s stress levels and health of our communities.


As we all know….it’s true that exercise will boost your client’s overall health and immune system so encourage them to keep up with their workouts. With that said, it’s good to know that sometimes a grueling workout can suppress an immune system. For example, it’s common for runners to get sick after a marathon. It makes sense that if someone has really taxed their system, they may have a harder time fighting off illness. So remind clients that it may be more prudent to opt for moderate to lighter workouts.

Here’s some other things to suggest to your clients:

    • Opt for Outdoors. Head outdoors for a run, walk, bike or hike. The fresh air will be good for your body and mind.
    • Workout at home. There are literally hundreds of exercises you can do at home using no equipment at all. Squats, lunges, step ups, push-ups, triceps dips, planks, etc will all do the trick. You can also do workout videos for free on Netflix and other streaming channels. There’s no reason to put your workouts on hold during all of this.
    • Skype, Facetime or Phone workouts with your Trainer – Tell your clients that you can conduct very effective workouts remotely. This can assure that your clients still keep up with your workouts while assuring your business plummet during these difficult times.
    • Yoga and Meditation – We could all use a little more yoga and meditation right now. It will help us all calm our nerves.

Stay strong and healthy!

Yours in health, fitness and business,
Sherri McMillan

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