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Stay healthy and active at home with virtual workouts

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Zumba teacher Marcie Shapiro is just one of many fitness instructors who have moved classes online. PhysioFit owner and Pilates instructor Kim Gladfelter describes virtual Zumba as a “dance party” that puts clients in a good mood.

The coronavirus pandemic continues to impact everyone, changing the way we live, work and view the world around us.

Small businesses are the soul of every community across the globe. Many of you own or work in a small business and support our local community’s small businesses each day. Our team at PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness recognizes the challenges ahead for small-business owners, employees and their customers. We want you to know that we are here for you – now more than ever. For the past 18 years, we have been – and continue to be – passionate, resilient and able to persevere through change. While these are challenging times, our team is standing by, ready to serve and support you as we establish our new normal.

Let’s face it, we crave connection to each other right now. And we want to stay healthy while we shelter at home. For those of you who can’t go to the gym or meet with your personal trainer and are doing your part to observe social-distancing guidance, now is the time to practice self-care by taking a virtual fitness class.

Virtual workouts

To ensure a successful home workout:

• Designate a workout space in your home.
• Establish a specific time for exercise.
• Involve your family; get creative with a mix of dance and cardio workouts.
• Try bodyweight workouts using minimal equipment or household items.
• Track your progress and reflect on how you’re doing.
• Try a virtual class led by a professional instructor.

With virtual fitness classes, it’s never been easier to get moving and wake up your endorphins. Why virtual fitness?

• Encourage accountability. Because who at home is holding you accountable?
• Avoid gaining the “Quarantine 15.”
• Ease your aches and pains that have been creeping up more since your home office setup is not optimal, or you have been on the couch too much watching Netflix.
• Prevent your body from feeling the effects of added stress and get more energy to take on your day.

Virtual workouts are held via Zoom. You may exercise with your camera turned on or off. The choice is yours. If you choose to have your camera turned on, then instructors can give corrective instruction to your form just as if you were attending in person. If you choose to have your camera turned off, that’s fine, too. Take a rest when needed and there’s no judgment if you want to go all-out creative with your moves.

Virtual fitness class options include Zumba, Mat Pilates, Buff Bones, Gyrokinesis, Yoga and Morning Meditation. Some classes focus especially on back care and spine health.

Virtual Zumba is basically a dance party. Our clients have said it’s a great way to get them away from their computers, and the high-energy workouts to music put them in a good mood.

Another client in the Pilates class said it “brightened” the day to be able to have the guidance and accountability with the expertise she was used to getting in person.

“I felt less stiff and painful after my first class,” she said. “I felt amazing the rest of the day.”

Other clients like the sense of normalcy and look forward to taking classes daily. Staying fit is a positive distraction, plus it feels good to take care of yourself.

Remember to show your support for your favorite local small businesses. Let’s encourage and lift one another up. We are all in this together.

Kim Gladfelter is owner, physical therapist and Pilates instructor at PhysioFit Physical Therapy & Wellness, 1000 Fremont Ave., Suite 108, Los Altos. For more information on virtual fitness classes, call 887-6046 or visit

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