What If I’m Not Ready To Return To The Gym?

Despite battling the COVID-19 pandemic for over nine months, cases in Rhode Island and Massachusetts are continuing to climb. While hospitals are reaching maximum capacity and field hospitals are being built and utilized, more people are continuing to question how much time they spend outside their home and what they should be doing to keep safe. This may be leaving you to wonder “Is being at the gym safe?” and “What if I’m not ready to go back to the gym?” Keep reading for seven ways that you can continue to exercise and get moving if you aren’t ready to return to the gym or fitness center that you normally attend.

Virtual Classes

Thanks to technology, many studios have been able to stream virtual classes or create a library of on-demand classes for students. Whether you’re interested in kickboxing, yoga, barre, or strength training, there’s something for everyone – and it can be done from the comfort of your own home. This is a great option if you want the accountability of a class setting but without being in a studio or fitness center. If you’re worried about staying focused, turn on your camera to increase your motivation and accountability!

Pause & Progress Series

During the 3-week Rhode Island pause, we developed a series called Pause & Progress to help you keep moving when gyms and fitness centers were closed. From tests to mark your progress to stretches and sweat-inducing exercises, we have 30 videos to help you start or restart your exercise routine in less than 90 seconds.

Performance Fit Series

Looking for a longer workout video? We partnered with Brown Athletics to bring you an on-demand exercise series featuring two of our physical therapists, Dr. Bobby Dattilo and Dr. Danielle Moreau. Whether you're looking for warmups, strength training, mobility, and plyometrics, there's something for everyone who is ready to sweat!

Quarantine, Lean & Mean

When you’ve been working from home and doing home workouts for almost a year, you learn to get creative. Our Quarantine, Lean & Mean series has a variety of stretches and exercises that you can easily do at home to challenge yourself until you’re ready to head back to the gym. Each video focuses on a different part of your body so you can choose which muscles you’re ready to work!

Chair Yoga

With the rise of anxiety and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic, more people have turned to yoga to relax their bodies and renew their minds. Two of our physical therapists are licensed yoga instructors and offered chair yoga classes that were accessible to people of all activity levels. Dr. Kelly Dowd and Dr. Nadja Goulart guide you through a short 15-20 minute sequence that you can do every day to promote mental and physical health.

Move It, Move It – For Kids & Parents

This pandemic has been especially difficult for parents of young children. Without activities or groups to hold a child’s attention, parents have been scrambling to entertain their kids while trying to keep their own sanity. Our Move It, Move It series is designed for kids and parents to do together to keep the family active. You’ll find exercises and workouts themed after animals, TV show characters, and superheroes to keep your whole family moving.

Telehealth Appointments

If you’re noticing pain during or after any of these exercises, contact Performance Physical Therapy for a telehealth appointment. You don’t have to come into the clinic to start feeling better! By phone call or through video conferencing, our physical therapists will help you manage your condition or help you heal from an injury. To learn more about how a telehealth appointment can help you live pain-free, call Performance Physical Therapy at 401.726.7100.

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