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Fitness activities go outdoors in the COVID-19 era

 

Agence France-Presse

 /  Mon, August 10, 2020  /  09:08 pm
Fitness activities go outdoors in the COVID-19 era

In this file photo taken on April 27, 2020 Lebanese Yoga instructor Rabih el-Medawar, 29, practises Acroyoga with his Ukranian wife, fellow Yoga instructor and professional choreographer, Alona Aleksandrova, 24, on the roof of their apartment building in Beirut's Ain El-Remmaneh district on April 27, 2020 during the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus epidemic. (AFP/Joseph Eid)

What do fitness classes, yoga and CrossFit have in common? These are three physical activities that normally take place in gyms or other dedicated sports facilities but can also be practiced outside. And that is increasingly the case, since the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic and the social distancing measures being implemented almost everywhere in the world.

While gyms have been reopening in the UK, parts of Asia, Australia, the US and Canada over the last month, the threat of a surging number of cases combined with fine summer weather in the northern hemisphere means that outdoor fitness practices are on the rise.

Taking one's fitness practice outside also means that the issue of masks can also, at least sometimes, be avoided.

Here are three on-trend physical activities that lend themselves to being done outside.

Read also: Improved mental, physical health: Perks of working out at home

Yoga

For several years now, it's been relatively easy to find yoga courses offered in an outdoor setting: on the beach, beside a lake, in the midst of the forest... Given that the distance required between students in a traditional yoga studio might make class sizes extremely small, outdoor yoga could have a very bright future in the months ahead.

And what could be better than meditating and stretching in front of a beautiful landscape?

CrossFit

When lockdown restrictions started to be relaxed in various areas, many fitness centres began offering CrossFit sessions in outdoor settings. Mats are spread out in the fresh air and the specialized equipment is transported for the duration of a session.

In Quebec, Canada, Tonic Crossfit studio reopened and decided to exclusively offer courses outdoors, without any sharing of equipment and with a regulatory distance between participants.

Fitness

Along the same lines as CrossFit, fitness classes of all kinds are increasingly being set up outside. It's a strategy that coaches and fitness facilities have been putting into place in recent months; for instance boot-camp style sessions,

Zumba classes, HIIT sessions, core training, pop-up Barre classes and even no-hit boxing seances are taking place in parks, parking lots, courtyards, on rooftops, beaches, patios and more.

In some countries including the United States, many experts are even strongly recommending that fitness classes take place in the open air, as it's more suited to social distancing and measures that can reduce the risks of virus transmission.

So will this trend for outdoor fitness last after the COVID-19 era?

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