With gyms closed, online programs to maintain U of T community fitness and morale

If you’re looking for ways to stay physically active despite the closure of indoor sports and recreation facilities, the experts at the University of Toronto are here for you.

“The mission of our faculty is to develop and advance knowledge about the interactions between physical activity and health,” said Professor Gretchen Kerr, Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education. “Having to press the pause button on our sports and recreation programs – just as they were starting to fully reopen – is difficult, but we have already taken that route and are ready to pivot again to best support our students and our community. we can.”

Although Ontario’s reintroduction of COVID-19 restrictions means buildings operated by the faculty’s Sport & Rec program are closed and indoor sports and recreation are suspended until at least January 26, the programs fitness training remains available to students at the University of Toronto and Sport & Rec. members.

“We know that physical activity is an essential tool for maintaining overall well-being – now more than ever,” says Beth Ali, executive director of sport and physical activity at the University of Toronto. “We will continue to offer online programs for different interests and abilities in an effort to support the well-being of our students and the wider University of Toronto community.

Virtual Fitness Studio, a partnership between Sport & Rec, Hart House and U of T Mississauga, offers daily live workouts and access to an extensive library of on-demand workouts that can be used anytime.

Move anywhere! workout videos promote physical activity and a healthy, active lifestyle – no equipment required. They have benefited the entire University of Toronto community since the pandemic began in 2020.

“It’s really important that people stay physically active during these tough times,” says Adrian Lightowler, Fitness and Performance Manager at Sport & Rec.

Lightowler says you can get the same benefits working out at home as you do in the gym – it just takes a little more creativity. Online workouts do not require any special equipment. All participants need to do is choose a course that fits their schedule.

“Gym regulars will get a good workout from these classes, but for those who don’t go to the gym regularly or never, this is a chance to exercise in the comfort of their own home. hearth, ”he says. .

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